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Nintendo has delayed the 64GB Switch cartridges until 2019

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Outside game developers have been notified that the 64-gigabyte game cards for the Switch had been delayed until 2019. Nintendo planned to have the 64GB cartridges out by the end of 2018. The delay was caused by "technical issues".

Nintendo let the outside game developers know that delivery of 64-gigabyte game cards for the Switch has been delayed until 2019. Ouch. For gamers, this means that they'll have to wait a bit longer for some titles that fall into the "data-rich software" end of the spectrum.

The biggest Switch cartridges can hold up to 32GB of data at the moment, which is quite a bit less than the 50GB that's the norm for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's Blu-ray discs. The Wall Street Journal explained in their article that Nintendo had plans to make the 64 GB cartridges available sometime in the second half of 2018, but the technical issues they've been having forced them to move the release date.

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The delay will, without a doubt, come as a disappointment to the developers that have been waiting to bring their heftier games onto the Switch. The console's internal memory can still be upgraded with a microSD card, but bigger cartridges promise a bit more space to maneuver the hybrid's 32GB internal storage.

Back in September, it was announced that Western Digital will start making licensed memory cards for the Switch. The licensed memory cards can add up to 128 GB of memory to the hybrid.

The Switch cartridges have been a pain in the neck to developers and gamers alike, as the higher cost of producing them in turn drives the overall price way up. This "Switch tax" makes the physical third-party releases cost as much as £10 more for the Switch.