Initially, the Japanese game maker had plans to release the 64GB cartridges in the second half of 2018, but it is now pushing back the launch owing to technical issues, says a report from The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter. This means that the Nintendo Switch can hold much less data than a Blu-Ray disc which can store up to 50 GB of data. It makes bigger games like GTA V and The Witcher 3 a problem as their file sizes balloon to excess of 50GB.
ant2506 / PixabayWhat's the need for 64GB Nintendo Switch cartridges? Since developers rely on Nintendo to supply the game cards, it's up to Nintendo to fix this issue. The next generation of Switch games are going to be larger, not smaller, so one of three things could happen. With games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey hitting best of 2017 lists left and right, it's jam-packed with great games and ports of other titles that people have clamored for. On top of all this, you have users fretting over their memory usage and having to shell out more cash for upgrades.More news: Local gas prices rising as 2017 draws to close
The Wall Street Journal adds that some USA -based publishers may hold off on bringing certain games to Nintendo Switch because of this delay. This will likely result in delayed game launches, at least on physical media. While this isn't a problem for Nintendo developed titles or indies, it is a significant problem for large third-parties bringing data-heavy games to the platform.