The newly announced Nintendo Switch OLED Model not only features a bigger screen than the standard Switch and the Switch Lite, but it also has double the amount of internal storage buried within: 64GB compared to 32GB on the previous Switch consoles.
if that's all you want to know, excellent — off to the wilds of the internet with you! If you want a little more detail on exactly how much free space you'll get after the Switch's operating system and internal files are installed — or how many games you'll be able to fit on the new Switch OLED console without buying and installing a micro SD card to increase storage space, this is the guide for you.
Switch OLED Memory Space Guide
How Much Internal Storage Space Does Switch OLED Have?
As we said above, Switch OLED has 64GB of internal storage. This is a jump up from the regular Switch and Switch Lite, both of which have 32GB of onboard storage space.
HOWEVER, the console's operating system (OS) and associated files take up space, too. On the original console, 6.1GB of space is occupied before you even turn it on for the first time, leaving approximately 25.9GB of useable space to store your games, patch data, DLC items, photos and more.
Assuming that Switch OLED will have the same OS footprint as its Switch family siblings, that should leave approximately 57.9GB of useable space on a brand-spanking-new Switch OLED.
How Many Games Can You Store on Switch OLED?
Well, that totally depends on the size of the game! A whole load of small ones, a select bunch of mid-sized games, one or two massive games, or — more likely a mix. How long's a piece of string?
We can give you an idea, though. A game like Witcher 3, for example, is currently occupying 31.3GB on the Micro SD inside our regular Switch. This game and others like it (NBA 2K21, for instance, which weighs in at over 40GB) are so large that they wouldn't fit on the internal memory of a regular Switch or Switch Lite, but Switch OLED's expanded storage means that they will fit on the new console. Well, at least one of them will!
Of course, not all games are as chunky as the examples above. Here's a small list of a a dozen popular games currently sitting on our Switch and the amount of storage space they occupy:
|Game||Approximate Memory Space Taken Up On Switch|
|The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt||31.3GB|
|Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (with Fighter's Pass 1)||16.7GB|
|Resident Evil 4||12.0GB|
|Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity||11.3GB|
|Luigi's Mansion 3||7.3GB|
|Animal Crossing: New Horizons||7.1GB|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||6.8GB|
|Super Mario Odyssey||5.6GB|
|51 Worldwide Games||2.3GB|
It's worth remembering that even if a game comes on a cartridge (and therefore won't take up space in internal console storage, updates and extra downloadable content for games can often be very large, and they will take up space on your console.
Can You Increase Switch OLED Storage Space?
Why of course you can, by inserting a compatible Micro SD card in the console's Micro SD card slot! For more information on Micro SD card deals and how to go about installing them, check out our Micro SD card guide below:
If you're looking for detailed information on Switch OLED model tech specs, check out our Switch OLED vs. Standard Switch vs. Switch Lite spec comparison guide. You can also find some lovely pics of the new model in our Switch OLED gallery.