The sleek console only has a meager 32GB of internal memory, and about 6GB of that is taken up by the Switch’s operating system. That isn’t a lot of space to download games or save video footage (should the Switch ever get that feature), but it plenty of space to save screenshots!
It’s easy to miss, but the Nintendo Switch comes with a capture button, which lets you save a screenshot at any time. Each capture is only about 100k in size, so you could conceivably save 10s of thousands of images if you wanted. Of at least you would be able to, if Nintendo hadn’t put an odd arbitrary limit on the number of images you’re allowed to keep.
Redditor Megamilkybee recently got a rather puzzling warning upon taking 1,000 Switch screenshots. Yup, that’s right, you can only save 1,000 images to the Switch’s internal memory. You can save more to a microSD card, although that too is randomly capped at 10,000. It doesn’t seem to matter if your SD card has a massive capacity or if it’s actually less than the Switch’s internal memory – 10,000 is the randomly chosen number. Nintendo has decreed it to be, and so it shall be.
Usually Nintendo’s restrictions have some sort of reasoning behind them, but I’m struggling to find the logic in this one. Is the company afraid somebody will accidentally press the capture button thousands of times and consume all their system’s internal storage? Do they think their new console will get confused having to deal with more than 1000 things at once? Jeez, I hope hot.
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[via Nintendo Everything]