Switch custom firmware adds USB mass storage support

Elven_Star

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SX OS 2.2 Beta was released today, and it allows the use of USB mass storage devices. Just connect the hard drive to the dock and get access to as many terabytes of data as you wish.
I have no idea why Nintendo doesn't include stuff like this in the official firmware. All that does is tempting people to use the custom firmware.

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Works with an OTG adapter in portable mode
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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SX OS 2.2 Beta was released today, and it allows the use of USB mass storage devices. Just connect the hard drive to the dock and get access to as many terabytes of data as you wish.
I have no idea why Nintendo doesn't include stuff like this in the official firmware. All that does is tempting people to use the custom firmware.
I doubt many people are going to take the effort and risk of hacking their Switch to add storage space only accessible in docked mode when they can buy a large SD card for fairly cheap with more than enough storage for the typical number of digital games people will buy.
 

Badcoo

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That kind of make it difficult without the dock right? I can see why nintendo wouldn't allow that as they're trying to keep the experiences homogeneous.
 
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Elven_Star

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I doubt many people are going to take the effort and risk of hacking their Switch to add storage space only accessible in docked mode when they can buy a large SD card for fairly cheap with more than enough storage for the typical number of digital games people will buy.
Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
 

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Prior to launch, I speculated that Nintendo would include this kind of feature. It didn't take me long to realize just how messy that would have been to market and explain to people. Good that this is an option for folks who don't make custom firmware and keeping their Switch docked.

I move mine around too much, so I don't think I'd use this even if it came in an official release.
 
Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
Nintendo has to consider more than the super hardcore for supporting a hardware feature. It would take only one casual game to remove the Switch from the dock while accessing a game off the hard drive, potentially corrupting both pieces, for there to be a PR nightmare.

I can't see them supporting an external hard drive unless there's a straight-up docked-only configuration for the system.
 

ryushe

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I wouldn't mind this as on (official) option. Especially since there are a few games I only play docked anyway.
 

Ayirek

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Nintendo has to consider more than the super hardcore for supporting a hardware feature. It would take only one casual game to remove the Switch from the dock while accessing a game off the hard drive, potentially corrupting both pieces, for there to be a PR nightmare.

I can't see them supporting an external hard drive unless there's a straight-up docked-only configuration for the system.
This exactly.
 

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Works with an OTG adapter in portable mode

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Ramjag

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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
If I were running a company and wanted a consistent idiot-proof experience, then no, it’s not really good. Something like this would be a potential problem.
 

Wowfunhappy

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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
Because they want to make it easy to quickly remove the Switch from the Dock. Even if you don't use that, Nintendo wants the option to be constantly available. Leads into the general Switch marketing.
 

DigitalTravis

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Soo now I need an L shaped usb-c otg to double side an SSD to the back of my switch. I can't find one safe for switch?
 

Adulfzen

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so does it mean you can directly run the games from the HDD ? What happens if you disconnect the hard drive while playing ? I'd be curious to see if there are differences in loading speeds compared to sd cards and internal memory.
 

brad-t

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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
Not really, as the option has the potential to degrade the user experience (by making large swaths of your system's data available only in docked mode). It's obvious that this conflicts with how Nintendo positions the Switch in the market and could create confusion for consumers, especially since vanishingly few Switch users will ever need "terabytes" of storage space.

It's definitely cool that this is possible, but it's easy to see why it's not a built-in feature.
 

Platy

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so does it mean you can directly run the games from the HDD ? What happens if you disconnect the hard drive while playing ? I'd be curious to see if there are differences in loading speeds compared to sd cards and internal memory.
You are fucked.
Like chances of breaking the switch, chances of corrupting data and chances of burning the hd

From just taking the switch out of the dock without closing the game
 

feroca

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When hackers do a better job than you
Better would mean them finding a way to magically access the HDD docking/undocking it, without corrupting, losing access, or anything.

Right now is a glorified SD card that you can use either docked or undocked, not constantly, no swapping.
 

wrowa

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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
They don’t want people to use a feature that makes the intended experience worse. I guess you can call that somewhat arrogant, but being able to quickly switch between portable and docked mode is the core feature of the console and they don’t want anything compromising that.
 

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Ahhhhhh, custom firmwares. Man that gives me fantastic flashbacks to my old PSP days, was kinda deep into all that stuff and it was extremely fascinating.
 

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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
It kind of breaks the quick use of the switching mechanic, you'll have to wait to transfer the game from the hard drive to storage on the switch to use it as a portable.
 

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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
As has been stated, no, more options isn’t always better.

Any time you add more layers, connections, or options you add potential failure points. As well you add the need for further user education and support.

For a system with the features of the Switch it doesn’t make sense.

Now I get you, maybe they could put in an advanced user toggle buried in the options of the OS and then make a statement that certain features aren’t fully supported and the user assumes all risk, and it still wouldn’t be a good thing because people would still mess it up and go after Nintendo.

It is a tough decision. Would I like more options? Yes. Would it compromise the Switch to a degree? probably.
 

eseqko

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I mean I guess USB mass storage support is possible now with cloud saves. Undocking the Switch and possibly corrupting your data shouldn’t matter now that you can just download a save in the cloud.
 

maximumzero

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SX OS 2.2 Beta was released today, and it allows the use of USB mass storage devices. Just connect the hard drive to the dock and get access to as many terabytes of data as you wish.
I have no idea why Nintendo doesn't include stuff like this in the official firmware. All that does is tempting people to use the custom firmware.

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That's a simple answer: The Switch is portable. As soon as the Switch leaves the dock it no longer has access to the connected storage device.
 

GokouD

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As has been stated, no, more options isn’t always better.

Any time you add more layers, connections, or options you add potential failure points. As well you add the need for further user education and support.

For a system with the features of the Switch it doesn’t make sense.

Now I get you, maybe they could put in an advanced user toggle buried in the options of the OS and then make a statement that certain features aren’t fully supported and the user assumes all risk, and it still wouldn’t be a good thing because people would still mess it up and go after Nintendo.

It is a tough decision. Would I like more options? Yes. Would it compromise the Switch to a degree? probably.
Yep, the beauty of the Switch is there are very few options to bury it under anyway. Not ideal for hardcore option tweekers, but as a piece of mass market consumer tech it's wonderfully designed.
 

Keikaku

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Nice. My 128GB card is getting small quickly. Too bad it's for SX OS only, not gonna pay for cfw.
 

DrROBschiz

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I wouldn't use this since I have a 200GB MicroSD

But its very cool what they can do with custom firmware

Will be very useful down the line when I upgrade to the next switch iteration

I can turn my old one into something more useful
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Hackers are killing it. Great emulation support, a built in cheat device manager for less grinding in some games. And now this. I'm glad I hacked my Switch
 
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What if it corrupts your entire system, though?
how the fuck would that happen. At most it could corrupt the files on the external, but even then its extremely unlikely. The system would just throw a read error.

This is less risky for the switch than the battery dying while a game is saving, which is absolutely minimal risk as it is.
 

TeHi & BuSp

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Why is the topic on SX OS allowed? they did not steal code from the hacking scene and they made money?
 
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Yeah, sure. The point is it's possible. Why on earth isn't it an option on the official firmware? More options for the customer is always good, isn't it?
I feel like they don’t want to risk the consequence of people accidentally dislodging their switch from the dock while a game on their storage is still running, allowing for accidental corruption. Cause that’ll happen a lot.