Nintendo Switch: Why Game Cartridges are the big problem

Nintendo Switch is finally here, the most anticipated console by Nintendo that can be transformed into multiple forms. With few simple steps, you can turn this handheld device into a home console or a desktop console.

The switch is powered by a custom-made NVIDIA Tegra processor. It has a 720p resolution multi-touch display and 32GB of onboard storage. There is also a microSD card slot located under the kickstand which is capable of supporting SD cards up to 2TB of storage.

Out of that 32 GB of onboard storage, you get around 25GB of free memory but always add the memory via an external micro SD card. If you want to download the digital game copies then storage is not a problem with the Nintendo Switch. The real problem is the game cartridges.

Nintendo Switch is bringing back the game cartridges to home consoles and currently is the only home gaming console to support the game cartridges. That may bring the nostalgic feeling of collecting cartridges to many gamers and some people might find it a cool thing to own. But there is one big problem with the cartridges, their production cost.

Optical discs are relatively cheaper to mass produce compared to the cartridges. Cartridges are specifically made for each game requirement, hence they are quite expensive to manufacture. Unlike the Blu-ray discs, the cost of each Switch game will depend on how much physical space it will take on a cartridge. The prices will vary depending on whether you need 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of storage.

The results will be same game costing high on the Switch compared to the other platforms. Let’s take Puyo Puyo Tetris for an example, On PS4 the game costs $29.99, but on Switch it’s $39.99. Considering the fact that it will look much better on the powerful PS4 and is also $10 cheaper, this will definitely be a problem in the coming future.

Upcoming cross-platform games will be released targeting Xbox, PS4, PC and the Nintendo Switch. The switch is a relatively big platform and the question is, will this cartridge issue impact a publisher’s decision to release games on Switch?

Stay tuned for the updates.

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