Latest FAQs on using the Docked or Portable USB Support of SX OS 2.2 Beta

sx os 2.2 beta

SX OS V2.2 brings us A Fantasitc Feature-Support for USB Drive or Hard Drive(external HDD), from now on, no need to turn off your Switch, not need to take out the sd card, you can play .XCI games and install .NSP games directly from any USB Device, that means no more rebooting and money saving because HDD is much cheaper to buy than a larger storage microsd card. Surely beats having to rely on docked mode for everything, and also saves up a lot of money for big SDs since USBs are way cheaper.

SX OS Beta V2.2

Here are all the new features of OS OS 2.2, the most important one is the Docked USB drive support, benefits us a lot in many sides, such as adding a much easier way for playing games, a cheaper way for holding more roms and a more convenient way to hack the Nintendo Switch for installing .NSP files.

  • Docked USB drive support!

Yes. You read it right. You can now plug a USB mass storage device into your switch’ dock and load XCI or install NSP content from there directly. No longer are you limited by the size of your microSD card when playing the switch from the comfort of your couch, but you can now enjoy TERABYTES of content by using external harddisks and such! The filesystem on the drive needs to be either FAT32 or exFAT, and the directories that are being scanned for content are equal to the ones you’d use on the microSD card.

  • Updates to the cheat system
    • More accurate progress indication during cheat search
      People were reporting “freezes” during cheat searches, often times these were just due to impatience and a suboptimal UI from our end. The progress bars are more honest and update more frequently now!
    • Cheat search for exact value requires no initial dump anymore
      For ‘exact value’ searches a big initial dump file on your microSD is not needed, and since this is often the way people start a cheat search we decided to streamline the cheat finder process a bit. You are now prompted with a question whether you want to start an exact value search or arbitrary value search, in case of the former the process will be much faster.
    • Automatically apply/disable cheats upon toggle
      The interface for “applying” the cheats was a bit counterintuitive, you now no longer have to press the plus (+) button in order to apply cheats. They are automatically applied/disabled once you toggle them. Disabling cheats now properly works as well, so there’s no need for having a dummy cheat any more to work around that limitation.
    • Ability to add cheats using the UI
      Identifying memory locations for cheats using just the console is nice, but previously there was no way of adding an actual cheat-code for a location you found to the cheat code library. This has been addressed, and there is now an interface for doing this directly from our menu.
  • Show homebrew NSP icons in TX menu
    Some homebrew NSP titles were not displaying their icons properly. This has been investigated and fixed.
  • Fix error 2345-0021 when in docked mode opening TX menu
    People who play/cheat in docked mode will like this fix. The frequent crashes that happened when opening the TX menu in docked mode are now a thing of the past!

All FAQs on SX OS 2.2 USB Support

Can the SX OS V2.2 Beta support on FW 6.0.1?
Yes, of course, it is fully compatible with every Nintendo Switch firmware version.

How does the docked USB support work? Can we simply dock the switch first and then plug in a usb drive to the dock while the switch is on?
Yes it works it reloads the menu in sx .

Does SX OS V2.2 support copying data via usb to the Switch without rebooting?
Correction yes.

Can USB Support be made to work in handheld mode too with usb and c adapters?
Yes, the USB Drive Support still works in portable mode with USB-C to A adapter or OTG adapter…. the speeds are not great though. XCI Loading & NSP install to microSD card/system from the HDD also works on handheld mode with a USB-OTG cable, just needs an USB-C Stick.

So, I can now load XCIs from an external hard drive? No installing?Anyone test it?
Tested it, you can only install NSP from your USB/HDD to your internal memory or SD card. The only downside is that installing NSP games seem a tad bit slower than from installing them from the SD card. The XCI loading works flawlessly though.

Can NSP content also be installed to USB or can it only be installed from it? 
This new feature will only allow installing .nsp files FROM a USB device, not TO it. And nsp games on external hdd won’t work they wil be installed on sd card or internal memmory.

What are the XCI and NSP files?
XCI is like a virtual cartridge image, has to be loaded via the album before playing and only one can be loaded at a time. NSP files are installers that load the game into the switch storage, they act just like games downloaded from the eshop.

So once I install a NSP file game, how do I delete it from my Micro SD Card or switch storage?
SX OS has an option to delete NSP files after installation

Where to put the roms in HDD?
Put your xci files in sxos/games folder or the root folder of your external storage device.

What if we are playing a USB game and then unplug the console from the dock, it’s gonna crash?
It’s like taking the cartridge out in the middle of playing a game

Does USB or Hard Drive support fat32 or exfat?
It should support both FAT32 and exFAT. 

Does the sx os firmware stay on the sd card or do we put it on the external hdd?
Let it stay on your Switch sd card.

What’s the procedure for unplugging the USB, as long as the game is closed and it’s safe? 
Just take it out as long as you want, now no other option.

What is the max sixe of a HDD, 2tb or 4tb?
2TB for now, the inherent max limitation of the switch itself advertised to only support 2 TB.

Can I run retroarch through usb, along with the roms?
No. Homebrew can’t be run from USB. And it doesn’t have an USB access. Retroarch does not see USB drive. NX shell also does not see USB drive. For now external drives work only in SX launcher, so list of possible usages is pretty short:

  • Mount .xci located on USB drives
  • Install .nsp to MicroSD or eMMC from USB drives

That’s it. It can’t be installed to USB because that would require a different implementation of emunand or rednand. 

Is it possible to remove the hardisk without turning off the system?
Yes, it’s ok for you to remove it when system turns on.

Can someone recommend a good external drive for this? 
You would say go with a powered one. That way it’s not drawing power from the switch. We dont know how much current it can draw from the switch.

EDIT: For those bickering about sd speeds vs usb speeds: Here’s a spec of a decent card, https://www.sandisk.com/home/memory-cards/microsd-cards/ultra-microsd, Shows only “Read Speed: up to 95MB/s”… so you’re giving the micro sd card way too much credit

Here is spec of a decent usb HDD, https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-256GB-Type-C-SDDDC2-256G-G46/dp/B06XC1WGQR,Shows only “Read speeds, up to 150MB/s”… so even though it’s not the theoretical speeds. It’s clear that usb HDD is much faster than micro sd.

What are the advantages of SX OS 2.2 USB Support?
Now XCI is made more useful with external hard drive support. We can download all the XCI and not worried about sdcard space. Also everything can be installed/copied from the hard drive, there’s no need to remove the sdcard anymore – therefore no more rebooting! We can reconsider what games we will play docked only and what games we will play both docked and handheld.

What hackers say about the SX OS USB Drive Support?
News from Hexkyz:

The HDD loading code seems entirely custom. It works by wrapping around the “usb:hs” service, creating and exposing a new “usbfs” service and creating a new mount point “usbhdd:/”.
After a custom cheat engine (based on Gateshark) this adds further to a nice surprise!

— Mike Heskin (@hexkyz) October 16, 2018

The above are all the questions and answers about the SX OS 2.2 USB Support Feature, if you still have more problems, welcome to ask us here admin@mod3dscard.com. Meantime, if you are the Nintendo Switch console owner who haven’t got a SX OS license code, it’s your right time to buy from us, we can let you get it with instant delivery in working hours and use the Halloween voucher code to buy it cheaper. Don’t forget, we Mod3dscard is the recommended reller of SX PRO/SX GEAR/SX OS by official site Team Xecuter.