April 6th 2010 9:00 am PT

Xbox 360 System Update – USB Memory Support


We’ve just released a system update for the Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE.


As previously announced, this system update contains support for USB Memory storage devices.


Sometime over the next few hours when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update. If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you’ll be back online in a few moments.


Read the FAQ on Xbox.com which may answer some of your questions.


Post your comments here, or drop by the Xbox forums to share your experience with this new feature.


Edit: Most USB memory will work, or you can purchase one of the official SanDisk 8 or 16 GB flash drives that are pre-configured and also come with a free month of LIVE.



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

  • TehBanStick

    Nothing for me yet. :(

  • Major Nelson

    It make take a few hours for you to be prompted to take the update. Patience. ;)

  • OPT1CS

    As with every update, 360 or PS3, I’ll wait a couple hours just to make sure there are no errors.

  • Greenskull

    WOOHOO! Thanks, Maj!

  • MartyTno1

    Looking forward to it. :)

  • Phantaxus

    Just got it installing now

    Is the spring update still to come? Can you give us any hints as to what new features it may bring? Where can we post requests for update features?

  • Wiizpig

    Downloaded, thanks.

  • dirty whirlwind

    I take it that in order to download the update, you must already have a storage solution in place, right? Is it possible to loan a friends hard drive to download the update? Isn’t there some system space or something built-in that saves updates without the need of a harddrive?

  • NBA Kirkland

    Reading the FAQ.


    Frequently asked questions

    * Why does Xbox 360 only support 16GB of storage, even though I have a much larger device?
    Supporting USB storage devices up to 16GB in size is a huge increase in storage over any solid state memory storage solutions currently available for Xbox 360. Users that need more storage have options in the Xbox 360 hard drives, which are available for purchase separately.

    Ha! You didn’t answer the question! ;-)

  • ScoobyWRX555

    Installed. Nice one :thumbsup:

  • chiruno99

    So with this update if I put my Gamer Profile on my Memory Stick can I then use it on other consoles without the need for recovering the Gamertag?

  • Ganon255

    Thanks for adding the USB support.

  • Perixon

    dirty whirlwind, jag antar att du har en Xbox 360 Arcade-konsol. De har 256 MB inbyggt minne för den här typen av uppdateringar (vad jag förstår/antar). Läs mera här:


  • Gonzo345

    Yes! Finally! Thanks!

  • firebuff69

    Got my update! So happy XBOX is doing the USB support! Looking forward to using it! best part of my XBOX experience tonight.. Rough night on MW2 .. :)

  • Nitramuse

    @NBA Kirkland

    Hahaha, you beat me to it. Wanted to post the exact same thing :)

  • PiaCarrot jawp

    Not only USB Memory but also Official HDD via Transfer Cable can be handled by this update!
    Nice work!!

  • eiVaL

    wow nothing like having my Mass Effect 2 gaming interrupted by this stupid update disconnecting me.

    was it really necessary to have it log us out in the middle of play rather than just notify us the next time we log in?

  • Kroesis

    In the middle of a sniping a headshot in Bad Company when I got disconnected! USB functionality works well, moved some of my DLC back and forth so it seems ok.

    Not wanting to sound ungrateful, was there anything else done/added with the update?

  • dirty whirlwind

    Perixon: No, I don’t. I have a premium 360 with a busted hard drive.

  • Veive257

    Cool beans!

    Bioware is having a contest today: http://social.bioware.com/brc/1688078

  • CryptoElite

    Don’t click on Veive257’s link unless you want to reward his spamming ways by giving him extra chances to win prizes.

    Hey Major Nelson, maybe talk to Bioware about not having a spamming contest next time around?

    Anyways, interesting update, I will use it to back up as many saves as possible in case my HDD dies one of these days!

  • DiatomicMaster

    Waiting for this. And the Blur beta.

  • mik29

    got it, thanks

  • TehBanStick

    A new feature I noticed: A “Transfer Content” option when you press Y on your Main HDD.

    I’d assume its for transferring your files to a new Xbox HDD without the need for the transfer disk.

  • Perixon

    dirty whirlwind: Hm. This is pure speculation (I have nothing to back up my theory), but it’s resonable to think that even the pre-Arcade models (such as the 360 Premium) feature some kind of onboard memory to store system updates. However, I’d like to stress that I’m not really sure about this. However, since your HDD is busted, I take it you still have the New Xbox Experience (with the avatars as opposed to the old “blade” GUI system). That strongly implies that your Xbox has the means of storing system updates somehow :).

  • r3dreck

    IPTV yet?

  • shaz73

    Nice update. :)

  • SketchyPederson

    Awesome, thanks!

  • Hauz20

    Yeah, excellent sidestep in the FAQ regarding the 16GB limit.

  • Scooterific

    Only took about 4 years longer than PS3! Way to go!

  • efficaxor

    Is it possible to download this update from Xbox.com somehow? And transfer it to a USB-drive and update the console from there?

    Would be tremendously useful.

  • dirty whirlwind

    Perixon: Yeah, I was thinking that could be the case as well. Guess I have to ask someone to use a USB-device with the hard drive detached to know for sure.

  • Shonk jr

    The memory card bulk transfer is working quite well

    a feature request for the future of being able to just transfer saves
    and not just the games folder would be nice
    i am having to go through over 500 folders manual to just transfer saves without

    still very nice though


  • Muzzymate

    @efficaxor – doesn’t look to be available yet but keep an eye on this URL http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/systemuse/xbox360/console/systemupdates.htm

  • Joergen8

    Sweet update! Never thought we’d see the day when we get to use unlicensed storage on the 360!

    Now I can FORCE FEED my friends demos that they’re too lazy to download despite my recommendations. :P

    Also, some poor folks in the world still have a GB limit on their DSL each month, this should help them out a tad.

    PS the FAQ on xbox.com could be a bit more detailed.

  • Muzzymate

    Looks like the Storage Selection screen that pops up for game has changed order.
    It was previously Hard Drive, Arcade onboard storage, Memory Unit.
    Now it’s either sorted alphabetically or Hard Drive, Memory Unit, Arcade onboard storage. (Haven’t set up a USB drive yet).

  • amacvane

    Kudos for not schilling the Xbox360-branded USB stick to your blog’s audience. I appreciate that.

  • CyberKnight

    The FAQ doesn’t sidestep the 16GB limit at all. It’s pretty clear. “We limit it to 16GB, so if you want more, you have to buy a hard drive.” ;)

  • efficaxor

    Muzzymate: Yeah, thanks, I will keep an eye on that page – but considering the last update (fall 09) I guess it will take a while for this update to show up on there! Guess I have to wait for the update to come with future game discs instead.

  • Joergen8

    Here’s some inclusions to the FAQ I’d like to see:

    Copy demos to USB yes/no
    Copy demos between 360 consoles yes/no
    Copy/move installed DVD games or install DVD games to USB yes/no
    Copy/move installed DVD games from one console to another via USB (answer is NO)
    Copy/move purchased Arcade games to USB to play on other console when accompanied by profile yes/no (Yes if owner profile is on USB and connected to live when playing)

    What are the official recommended read and write specs for flash memory?
    What are the rated read specs of each official HDD 20/60/120/250?

  • Exocet Nick

    Just a quick question – unrelated to the shiny new dash update that I’m looking forward to. Any news on what’s happening with Game Room – my box still pauses at the loading screen … …. :(

  • JaggedCrane

    Seems like a pretty big update, what else does it change? :)

  • AMT

    SSD in USB enclosure WORKS!!!!

    Speed tests to follow. Follow the news on Xbox Forums under Xbox 360 USB Storage.

    I will update speed improvements such as load and install times this evening in my : My SSD works via USB enclosure! ZOOOOM!!!” post at the forums. This is a great day in the neighborhood!!! POOF!

  • Anonymous

    Quick question Major, If I had a 320GB external HDD with 80GB free, will the ‘Customize’ option still format it even when I set it up to use 16GB? I have a lot of important stuff on there.

  • Shonk jr

    The drive test seems to only be testing access times and not actual speed

    Im moving my whole drive to sticks so i can format and move files back
    so my files arnt fragmented on the drive

    14.5gb large files in 27mins 14.7gb virtual partition on 16gb Sandisk Titanium Usb stick that passed test
    15.1gb large files in 17mins 16gb virtual partition on 100gb hd that failed test

  • TechReconR6

    Nice any other features in this update?

  • Golani 360

    Logged on got update, and now will likely never use USB Support.

  • PiaCarrot jawp

    Oh… I found Official HDD via Transfer Cable can be used only backup storage, games can’t be saved directory or installed to it.
    I’m sad for this point and wish improvement for it.

  • KiloOscarZulu

    When you select a game to play, it used to say “Play from Hard Drive” as the top option, but it no longer says it after the update? Is this correct? How do I know if I’m playing from the installed version on my hdd or directly from the disc this way?