March 26th 2010 1:00 pm PT

USB Memory Support for the Xbox 360 coming April 6th

 

On April 6th, we will be releasing a system update over Xbox LIVE for your Xbox 360 that will allow USB flash drives to be used for storing profiles, game saves, demos and more.  I’ve been testing this feature out for a few weeks, and I have to say it’s really great. Once you take the system update on April 6th, you’ll be able to connect your USB flash drives to your console and head over to the memory section to configure your new storage device. Once you do that, the system will conduct a one time performance and integrity check to confirm the drive is working properly. You will then be able to configure how much storage to use on the device, up to 16 GB. The remaining space on the flash drive will be accessible by your PC or Mac. USB Hard drives may work, but like flash memory, you’ll only be able to use up to 16GB of space. Since performance on flash based USB storage is usually better, I highly recommend using flash based instead of spinning media like a hard drive…it’s just going to give you a MUCH better experience.

 

We’ve also enhanced the memory management functions, so you’ll be able to have better control on what you want to copy or move between storage devices.

 

A couple of points: 

  • You can have 2 devices connected to the console at a time, enabling up to 32GB of simultaneous storage.
  • The system won’t just configure the device once it is connected to the console. You’ll need to head to the memory area in system settings, select your USB Device, and choose from Configure Now (Format and Configure the Full Device), or Customize (you can choose how much memory you want configured for Xbox360 from the free space on the device.) 

While any flash drive can be used, we are partnering with SanDisk to release an Xbox 360 branded USB flash drive in May that comes pre-configured out of the box and ready to go. I’ll provide links to those drives once they’re available. Until then, starting April 6th (when we release the system update) you can pop any flash drive over 1GB into your Xbox 360 and configure it as storage.

 

We hope you’ll enjoy this flexible new way to manage your Xbox 360 profile and game data.

 

 

Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • sprakzilla

    awesome cant wait, my 20 gig is full

  • BustedChain

    Now we just need a f-ing optional web browser. Before you internet psychos jump all over me for saying this, just back off for a moment: A> I did say optional, so you wouldn’t have to install it. B> If you ever travel and get stuck in motels and hotels, you’ll know that in many places you have to “Accept” an agreement before the system lets you online. All I want here is a simple web browser that would let me accept the stupid ToS at a motel through my 360 so that I can get online and play.

    I stay in towns that are so small that they don’t even have a bowling alley. I can only go out to the bars so many times before that gets old. When I am out of town I get a good chance to catch up on a lot of games. The 360 is seriously lacking a simple browser.

  • Dean1076

    hello major im wondering i have the new slim 360 with 250 gig hdd and i only got agout 50gb space left, is the cap on usb memory going to be lifted or increased any time soon as u will loose sales from me soon and obviously if my 250gb is nearly full then i will be buying some usb sticks soon but they wont last me long either need more room lol

 

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