Nintendo currently allows external HHD’s to be attached to the Wii U up to 2TB. It was therefore assumed that Nintendo Switch external HDD storage would be a given.
It seems that the problem Nintendo is facing isn’t whether the Switch can support external HDD storage, as it can, according to Nintendo spokesperson. The machine just doesn’t have the option activated right now.
It seems that the decision to enable the USB 2.0 ports to accept external HDD storage but rather how would Nintendo support it. The idea of the Switch is that the device beings portable gaming into a usually static device. That means that to play your games on the go, the games and any save files would need to be on the Switch itself.
Imagine the scenario, you install all of your games on an external HDD and then decide to go on a road trip. You would need to spend time prior to your journey transferring all of the games you want to play from the HDD onto internal storage or SD Card.
So the decision Nintendo has is do they enable it and hope people are smart enough to remember to transfer their games from the Nintendo Switch external HDD storage before going mobile? Or do they leave the option disabled and force people to use mobile storage so they don’t get complaints that their game didn’t go with them?
The Nintendo Switch launches on the 3rd March 2017.