In our hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch thus far, we noticed something major: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn’t require a massive install in order to start playing.
Instead, popping in the cartridge into the console gets you into Link’s latest adventure right away. There’s no extra data installation required.
That’s par for the course with Nintendo systems, but it’s practically unheard of when it comes to PlayStation and Xbox games. Every single PlayStation 4 and Xbox One title has content players must install onto their consoles in order to play the full games, and sometimes those files are huge.
With storage space at such a premium on the Nintendo Switch, this is a huge deal. We already know that some games take up a majority of the console’s internal storage, which is only 32 GB. (Keep in mind that about six of those gigabytes are reserved for necessary bits of firmware.) A downloadable copy of Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 won’t even fit on the system, as it’s bigger than the hard drive allows.
No installs required means we can start playing Breath of the Wild as soon as our console boots up (and the system updates, etc.) on launch day. That’s pretty rare for a console game in this day and age, and it’s easy to forget how nice immediately jumping into something new feels.
We’ll have more Switch impressions leading up to then, so stay tuned. The console — and the new Zelda game — hits retail on March 3.
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