MicroSD Card Deals Up To 60 Percent Off Bring More Storage To Your Switch And Steam Deck
As your games catalog grows, so too does your need for more storage (unless you fancy always having having to uninstall titles to make room for new ones). Fortunately, a lot of systems let you expand storage in some way. That includes the Nintendo Switch and Valve's upcoming Steam Deck that will being shipping later this month. Both systems accept microSD cards, several of which are on sale right now.
We should note we have not tested the Steam Deck yet, and so we can't say from experience how gaming from a microSD card compares to the built-in storage. However, a peek at some of the hands-on impressions around the web shows encouraging results. In some cases, gaming on a microSD cards proves nearly as fast as the SSD, as found on the two higher-end SKUs (the baseline Steam Deck sports eMMC storage).
Anyway, let's get to the deals. Shown up top is the Lexar PLAY 512GB microSD card that's on sale for $61.99 at Amazon (save 35%). It specifically mentions being compatible with the Nintendo Switch, in case that's concern. The 512GB model offers a lot more storage than either the original Switch (32GB) or newer OLED model (64GB), with rated read speeds of up to 150MB/s.
Other capacities are on sale too...
- Lexar PLAY 1TB (150MB/s): $133.99 (save 46%)
- Lexar PLAY 256GB (150MB/s): $28.99 (save 37%)
- Lexar PLAY 128GB (150MB/s): $16.99 (save 23%)
How much storage you need ultimately depends on the games you play, and how many games. For most people, the 256GB card is probably the sweet spot, but you can go all the way up to 1TB if you wish.
If you're wanting something a little faster, Lexar's Professional 1066x cards are on sale as well...
- Lexar Professional 1066x 512GB (160MB/s): $82.99 (save 36%)
- Lexar Professional 1066x 256GB (160MB): $37.99 (save 37%)
- Lexar Professional 1066x 128GB (160MB): $21.99 (save 37%)
- Lexar Professional 1066x 64GB (160MB): $12.99 (save 35%)
The pricing isn't quite as good, but if you're concerned about performance, it might be worth spending a little extra for the faster cards.
Save On Samsung And SanDisk MicroSD Memory Cards
In terms of speed, the Samsung Evo Select Plus bridges the gap between the two Lexar lines above, with read speeds rated at 130MB/s. And here again, the 256GB Samsung Evo Select for $29.99 at Amazon (save 25%) is the sweet spot, though not the only capacity on sale.
- Samsung Evo Select 512GB (130MB/s): $69.99 (save 13%)
- Samsung Evo Select 128GB (130MB/s): $17.99 (save 10%)
- Samsung Evo Select 64GB (130MB/s): $9.99 (save 33%)
Samsung's Pro Plus line is also on sale with speeds of up 160MB/s, and so are a handful of SanDisk cards. Here they are...
- Samsung Pro Plus 512GB (160MB/s): $99.99 (save 9%)
- Samsung Pro Plus 256GB (160MB/s): $39.99 (save 27%)
- Samsung Pro Plus 128GB (160MB/s): $22.99 (save 34%)
- SanDisk Licensed For Switch 512GB: $101.40 (save 22%)
- SanDisk Licensed For Switch 256GB: $41.79 (save 21%)
- SanDisk Licensed For Switch 128GB: $20.35 (save 41%)
- SanDisk Licensed For Switch 64GB: $14.79 (save 26%)
- SanDisk Made For Amazon 512GB: $54.99 (save 49%)
- SanDisk Made For Amazon 400GB: $44.99 (save 37%)
- SanDisk Made For Amazon 256GB: $27.99 (save 36%)
- SanDisk Made For Amazon 128GB: $15.50 (save 11%)
- SanDisk Made For Amazon 64GB: $9.89 (save 18%)
- SanDisk Made For Amazon 32GB: $7.95 (save 60%)
- SanDisk Extreme 1TB (160MB/s): $149.99 (save 14%)
- SanDisk Extreme 512GB (160MB/s): $71.99 (save 45%)
- SanDisk Extreme 400GB (160MB/s): $70.66 (save 11%)
- SanDisk Extreme 256GB (160MB/s): $34.49 (save 9%)
- SanDisk Extreme 128GB (160MB/s): $20.10 (save 8%)
- SanDisk Extreme 64GB (160MB/s): $13.31 (save 5%)
Some deals are better than others, obviously. For example, it doesn't make much sense to buy the SanDisk Extreme 400GB for $70.66 when the 512GB model is $71.99. We've included it anyway in case you really want the 400GB option for some reason.