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Getting Borderlands, BioShock or XCOM 2 on the Nintendo Switch? Better Prepare Your Memory Cards

Earlier on, publisher 2K revealed that collections of their hit franchises Borderlands, BioShock, and XCOM 2 will be coming to the Switch on 29th May.

Being collections, each title will come with multiple games and DLC from the series. There will be 8 games in total across the 3 collections:

  • Borderlands

  • Borderlands 2

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

  • BioShock

  • BioShock 2

  • BioShock Infinite

  • XCOM 2

  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Unsurprisingly, more games mean larger file sizes, which means that the games will not fit into the cartridges; so, if you're planning to buy physical copies, make sure that you have enough storage to download the remaining files onto your memory card.

Borderlands is the worst offender of the three - the physical cartridge will only include the first game, and even then, you'll still need to download an extra 6.6GB to get started. Downloading Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will take up another 35GB of precious storage.

The XCOM Collection will only contain 2 base game missions, with the rest coming as a download that 'will not exceed 24GB'.

24GB. Gee thanks, that's comforting.

BioShock seems pretty tame in comparison - the game will placed on a 16GB cartridge, with 'later game contents and add-ons' to be downloaded. No word on how large those downloads will be, though.

Seeing how the Switch only comes with 32GB onboard storage, you'll most certainly need a memory card for most of these games, which partially defeats the purpose of purchasing physical copies. Apart from resaleability and looking pretty on your shelf, physical copies also serve to conserve storage space.

Either way, if you're planning to purchase any of these titles, now would probably be a good time to invest in a microSD card.


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