The Nintendo Switch only comes with 32GB of internal memory, but does allow for removable memory in the form of MicroSD cards. SanDisk cards are some of the most common on the market, and a new report claims some users have had their 128GB MicroSD card melted inside the Nintendo Switch.
UPDATE: SanDisk Customer Care provided iDigitalTimes with the following statement: "We have not came through any such issue. We put outmost case in quality and durability of our products. There could be various reasons for card failure and overheating. In most of the cases we have found that there is no fault in the card but the host device. We would not be able to comment on this until we perform a failure analysis of the card."
PVPLive reports instances of the SanDisk 128GB MicroSD card melting when used with the Nintendo Switch. Here’s one instance of the MicroSD melting.
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There have been instances of the SanDisk MicroSD card melting and not working with other electronic devices. This Amazon review alleges similar problems affecting laptops and GoPros. The SanDisk help center actually has a section for damaged SD Cards, but it only refers to SD Cards not working on Android devices, so it doesn’t pertain to the Nintendo Switch.
So far only the 128GB SD Card has been reported melting in the Nintendo Switch. The 68GB model of the MicroSD Card was used in the case of the laptop/GoPro incident. It’s unclear whether it’s just this particular model that could melt in the Switch (online Switch owners believe this instance was caused by using an older version of that particular card) or if the Switch’s elevated temperatures while docked are to blame for the SD Card damage.
The Nintendo Switch is compatible with MicroSD cards for up to 2 terabytes of storage, which doesn’t exist yet.
We have reached out to SanDisk for comment on the issue and we will update as soon as we hear back.
In the meantime, let us know if this concerns you or if this has happened to your Nintendo Switch in the comments section below.