Xbox 360 USB Memory Support Rolling Out April 6th

Major Nelson is reporting that Microsoft plans to enable Xbox 360 owners to store profiles, saves, game demos, and other Xbox files on any USB memory device starting April 6th. It will come in the form of a system update available to Xbox Live subscribers. 

When you connect a USB memory unit, you can go to the memory configuration screen to configure the drive. This entails a quick one-time check to see if the drive is working properly, followed by setting the amount of memory you want to use on the drive. The capacity will be capped at 16GB, and you can have up to two devices connected at the same time, giving you a maximum of 32GB of USB memory space. The device will then be viewable in the memory management screens. 

What the memory management screen will look like

This is great news for those not willing to pony up cash for a proprietary Xbox 360 hard drive when you run out of space on the drive that shipped with your console. It also means you can now use flash memory, which will boost memory performance many times over. This will make the entire Xbox Live platform more portable than it is now, allowing easier transport of files from console to console, and opening up more opportunities for content sharing.

Microsoft will also be teaming up with SanDisk to release an Xbox 360 branded flash drive that will be released in May, not long after the update goes live. 

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A question... I want to play my 720p movies on my flash drive. FAT32 doesn't support files that large, so I am still unable to do this, correct? Or is the 360 now supporting exFAT or something like that? Sorry for my stupid question

720p clips shouldn't be more than 2-3GB*, FAT32 supports up to 4GB so i guess that should be fine.

I think the 360 supported exFAT long time ago. Someone else will confirm that tho

* = depending on bitrate

Good to see they are doing this! Though I am surprised to say the least! Doesn't this just mean hackable DLC now?

AdamLC said,
Good to see they are doing this! Though I am surprised to say the least! Doesn't this just mean hackable DLC now?

+1

Yeah, now hackers will have it easy to hack DLC and put it on the Web. Lolz at Microsoft, plus, a good one. Now you can actually save your data into the computer...

Hope they also bring NTFS support, and a more complete video player.

1st post! wooop! long time lurker no time poster! would assume this isn't a feature request other than the fact it will Tye in with the new zune-ness (wm7) phone and being able to play the same game on multiple platforms so being able to copy your save date on usb saves MS lots of bandwidth(saves games are not always 200kb nowadays) on there controlled network!

but hey still a good feature maybe it will open other avenues for developers or freelancers etc well done MS

Good news, however, I'm not impressed with how it's capped to 16Gb per device. So kudos for allowing us to (finally) use our flash drives as storage devices on the 360, but they loose half that kudos for imposing an artificial limit on us.

Yeah, a real rip off.... They want us to spend hundreds of dollars on their HDs when you can buy online one for the fraction of price.....
When you look it it Console, with all the hidden costs, will cost you more than building a gaming PC.

Euphoria said,
Yeah, a real rip off.... They want us to spend hundreds of dollars on their HDs when you can buy online one for the fraction of price.....
When you look it it Console, with all the hidden costs, will cost you more than building a gaming PC.

LOL, uh, no. Hidden costs?? If you can build me a gaming PC, capable of HD resolution playing Bad Company 2, for under $400, show me.

PC hardware comparable to today's consoles is obsolete, you might find someone who will give it away instead of taking it to the dump.

"HD resolution" LOL I was running games higher than that 8 years ago on PC, plus I could always customize my hardware instead of buying overpriced proprietory console bull****.

Osirus23 said,
PC hardware comparable to today's consoles is obsolete, you might find someone who will give it away instead of taking it to the dump.

"HD resolution" LOL I was running games higher than that 8 years ago on PC, plus I could always customize my hardware instead of buying overpriced proprietory console bull****.

Well for me it is knowing that the game I want to play will work. I got tired of upgrading my computer every year...

soLoredd said,

LOL, uh, no. Hidden costs?? If you can build me a gaming PC, capable of HD resolution playing Bad Company 2, for under $400, show me.

Well, at least on the PC I don't have to pay a monthly fee to play online, so I guess I can consider my PC not that expensive after a while..

soLoredd said,

LOL, uh, no. Hidden costs?? If you can build me a gaming PC, capable of HD resolution playing Bad Company 2, for under $400, show me.

Console gaming costs get skewed a bit but. A lot of people either won't factor in costs of any online subscription or have different needs when it comes to controllers, HDD's and other peripherals in general. The other and larger thing is no one ever really considers how much it cost to deck out the home theater system itself. My console cost me about $400AU, the TV its using is $3300 and the AV Receiver another $1200. Hell my TV cabinet is about $600 compared to the $150 PC desk I use.


I wouldnt say one is necessarily cheaper than the other, its a matter of perspective. "Yeah but I already have a tv" can be counter argued with "well I already have a work PC so I just need to add a mid range video card".

*shrug*

Edited by Smigit, Mar 27 2010, 1:21am :

shinji257 said,

Well for me it is knowing that the game I want to play will work. I got tired of upgrading my computer every year...

Are you too stupid to get games to work on the PC? Because they're just as easy as consoles, and upgrading once a year is just typical hyperbole from some idiot console gamer.

Mathachew said,
That's great and all, but the cap is just absurd. Almost as absurd as when the 120GB drive cost $200.

I got my 120gb drive for $120. Where are you seeing $200? I bought mine several months ago.

Edited by techbeck, Mar 26 2010, 7:53pm :

techbeck said,

I got my 120gb drive for $120. Where are you seeing $200? I bought mine several months ago.

$1/GB is expensive. I got my 250GB for $80.

techbeck said,

I got my 120gb drive for $120. Where are you seeing $200? I bought mine several months ago.

When they originally came out they cost about $200 to get. They have come down in price since then.

pickypg said,
Pretty cool, but why limit the flash drive support to 16 GB?

Because 32GB USB drives cost $200 a pop anyways?

And they want a cap so you can't use a external HDD as a replacement to the main one.

GP007 said,

Because 32GB USB drives cost $200 a pop anyways?

And they want a cap so you can't use a external HDD as a replacement to the main one.

*Edit*

$200 is for 32GB microSD cards. Sorry about that. Still neweggs cheapest 32GB USB stick is $60 and it's got ones way more expensive that probably use better and faster flash. Those cheaper ones probably use slower flash. You do get what you pay for.

GP007 said,

*Edit*

$200 is for 32GB microSD cards. Sorry about that. Still neweggs cheapest 32GB USB stick is $60 and it's got ones way more expensive that probably use better and faster flash. Those cheaper ones probably use slower flash. You do get what you pay for.

Ummm, they do make USB HARD DRIVES, you know. The real reason is Microsoft wants to keep peddling their overpriced hard drive options to people who want to install games to the Hard Drive.

GP007 said,

*Edit*

$200 is for 32GB microSD cards. Sorry about that. Still neweggs cheapest 32GB USB stick is $60 and it's got ones way more expensive that probably use better and faster flash. Those cheaper ones probably use slower flash. You do get what you pay for.

I bought a 250GB usb external hard drive for $80. I can't wait to use it for my xbox.

pickypg said,
Pretty cool, but why limit the flash drive support to 16 GB?

Obviously so that people still have a reason to buy their overpriced drives.

satukoro said,

I bought a 250GB usb external hard drive for $80. I can't wait to use it for my xbox.

Well if you want to use it in the way this article states (saving game content) you will only be able to use 16GB too, same as with the flash sticks.

TCLN Ryster said,
Ok, so now you made your original statement null and void, back to the original question. Why the cap at 16gb?

I didn't, I just currected my price. The bigger hdd is $130 for 250GB, while a 32GB USB stick will go for $60 half the price for way less than half the space. The cap is in place to to limit you from using an external USB hard drive (not a flash drive/stick) as a replacement for their own HDDs. As I said in the 2nd part of my original post.

Smigit said,
Well if you want to use it in the way this article states (saving game content) you will only be able to use 16GB too, same as with the flash sticks.

Wrong, all he has to do is format it FAT and he gets ALL of it.

Good to see microsoft allows additional storage, but why the cap? To keep people from being swayed into not buying an elite? As for the comments on the ps3 it never needed additional storage aa you can replace it as is, now the options for wasy transfer would be nice.

ivdubvr6i said,
Good to see microsoft allows additional storage, but why the cap? To keep people from being swayed into not buying an elite? As for the comments on the ps3 it never needed additional storage aa you can replace it as is, now the options for wasy transfer would be nice.

Unfortunately upgrading is a bit of a pain in the butt. I ran through the process recently replacing a 120GB drive with a 320GB drive. To do it you need to have another USB drive, formatted as Fat32, and big enough to contain the contents of the drive. Run a backup on the PS3 to that drive. Install the new drive, Format and install the most recent system software on it. Once that is done you need to restore it.

At least on the XBox 360 they have a nice little transfer cable that you can use the move the data from one drive to another.

shinji257 said,

Unfortunately upgrading is a bit of a pain in the butt. I ran through the process recently replacing a 120GB drive with a 320GB drive. To do it you need to have another USB drive, formatted as Fat32, and big enough to contain the contents of the drive. Run a backup on the PS3 to that drive. Install the new drive, Format and install the most recent system software on it. Once that is done you need to restore it.

At least on the XBox 360 they have a nice little transfer cable that you can use the move the data from one drive to another.

The ps3 has data transfer since firmawre 3.15 http://blog.us.playstation.com...-15-system-software-update/

Ridlas said,
Guess they arrived late to the party. PS3 had flash memory support since release.
I heard that's only for media storage. The Xbox has had USB as a storage options for Music, Films and Pictures for some time, this update seems to add support for saved games (official/protected content). How does the PS3 support USB storage, exactly?

FacialTurd said,
I heard that's only for media storage. The Xbox has had USB as a storage options for Music, Films and Pictures for some time, this update seems to add support for saved games (official/protected content). How does the PS3 support USB storage, exactly?
Excluding a few games that have "protected" save games, you can do all that too.. The only difference would be the PS3 you save on the HDD, then can move to the stick, rather than just using the stick by default.. But that makes sense as the PS3 was never designed to work without an internal hdd anyway.

Ryoken said,
The only difference would be the PS3 you save on the HDD, then can move to the stick, rather than just using the stick by default.. But that makes sense as the PS3 was never designed to work without an internal hdd anyway.

Not really, it should let you choose at save time tbh.

FacialTurd said,
I heard that's only for media storage. The Xbox has had USB as a storage options for Music, Films and Pictures for some time, this update seems to add support for saved games (official/protected content). How does the PS3 support USB storage, exactly?

From what I understand the USB flash drives uses on the xbox 360 could be used for anything that the hard drive is used for currently...

ZeroHour said,

Not really, it should let you choose at save time tbh.

Actually, what it should be doing is asking this question once, the first time you save, and have a default setting for each game. But even so, the reason it isn't like that is because there are games that write their saves as copy protected, and saving them to a USB key would defeat the purpose (being that the save should only stick with this particular ps3).

Ridlas said,
Guess they arrived late to the party. PS3 had flash memory support since release.

Don't even need USB sticks if a little change of cables can put in a TB hard drive... lol