Don’t use unauthorized Xbox 360 Storage Devices

 

When Preview Program members start receiving the Xbox 360 system update next week, one of the changes is that unauthorized Memory Units will no longer work with the Xbox 360. If you’ve moved your profile or saved games onto one to “back it up,” you’d better move it back onto an authorized Xbox 360 storage device prior to taking the update. If you continue to use an unauthorized Memory Unit after the update, you will not be able to access your stored profile or saved games.

If you need help identifying officially licensed Xbox 360 storage devices or accessories you can read more about the licensed accessories program on Xbox.com

 

 

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  • Assassinator010

    This is honestly disgusting, im never giving ms any of my money again. Thank god i’ve got a ps3 by my side.

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  • rastansaga

    I doubt if hacked gamesaves is the major reason for this change, the problem of course is that Datel et al aren’t paying the “Microsoft accessory tax”. Whilst Microsoft campaign and lobby around the world for “free-markets” and “tariff-free-trade” this of course never applies to their own closed systems.

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  • Zeebot

    Major, I know you’re only the messenger, but this is going to hurt a lot of legit xbox 360 owners.

    I have 3 xbox 360’s in my house, 2 arcades and an elite. I also have 2 (legit) 120gb hard drives. It was a bit of a pain to keep swapping hard drives so it was only a couple of weeks ago I bought a datal max memory card so I could easily transport my profile around the house and between friends. Due to it’s size I could also carry the odd arcade game / demo with me. Now it looks like in a few weeks my £30 ($50) purchase will be reduced to a worthless piece of plastic by Microsoft. After reading all the comments it seems it’s as easy to hack game saves etc. with an official product as an unofficial product so the only reason for this course of action is greed. I’m not in the habbit of throwing money down the drain, so who is going to reimburse me? MS or Datel?

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  • IconicSoulJA

    This is a DOUBLE STANDARD Major. You’ve advertised third-party unauthorized products such as the Turtle Beach X1 headset and given them away. Their site says NOTHING of being an authorized product, so how should we know if it is authorized. http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/efx1/home.aspx Now, in the case of the memory cards, the same is true. There is no statement of the product being authorized. THIS IS JUST WRONG!!! I QUIT the Preview Program because of this post. I don’t need to help M$ fix their problems and spread their agenda of greed. I appreciate Major’s post but it doesn’t mean anything to me until I see this type of monopolistic policies ended.

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  • Beasty Drummer

    I could see the FTC getting involved with this. Read the first paragraph

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Trade_Commission

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  • capiotti

    @IconicSoulJA amem to that! I also have an ebay 120gb HDD i bought only a month ago. So this news that it will be rendered useless took me by complete surprise. How should I know if it is legit? It looks like it is, but hell, I’m not sure. I am not a criminal, I’ve done nothing wrong, so why should I pay this price? I hate so say it, but PS3 seems a bit closer to me… I used to bash it, but, MS seems to be bashing me!

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  • Beasty Drummer

    @capiotti at least you’ve had yours for a month! I just received mine after 17 day shipping on October 9th. If this “update” screws up my HDD, I will be done with MS and moving to PS3.

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  • Shiaoran

    @Beasty Drummer: MS has money. Money buys stuff, people, and the government😛

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  • Misaki Ki

    A fine example of greed right here. There’s nothing preventing modding, and as said before, most casual modding is actually done using official products.

    They just want to sell us products at double the cost of normal.

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  • Cottonjaws

    Well i’ve tried a back compat game and it doesn’t work so it looks like my HDD is probably unauthorised, it looks just like any other 120gb hdd and even has MS holographic stickers etc… I’m stuffed now…Where is the amnesty etc… they should honour existing storage and ban new purchases additions after a certain date… That would mean MS getting the monopoly they prize and consumers wouldn’t feel so done over…

    I just gave away my 20gb thinking all my storage was sorted… the only storage i have now is a 64mb mu and a hardrive thats about to be wiped out with at least 500mb+ of game saves… I guess my only option is to not take the update until i can talk my wife in to letting me spend $200 on a hard drive that should cost $50.. it might take sometime…

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  • DieLustigeWitwe

    Everyone chill. they are banning the crappy Datel Memory Units. They are so crappy that people have lost all their saves. Your haxor hard drive is safe.

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  • Misaki Ki

    @DieLustigeWitwe – We know.

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  • Zeebot

    @DieLustigeWitwe well why haven’t they come out and said that then? It reads ‘Don’t use unauthorized Xbox 360 Storage Devices’ – this could mean hard drives too.

    Fine if it’s only the datel max memory cards, but Microsoft need to be more precise and an explanation is in order. This is still going to hurt a lot of people who use them, and I for one will want reimbursing from either Datel or Microsoft as I’ve only had it a couple of weeks (and it works fine btw).

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  • Fowl2

    @DieLustigeWitwe

    Well, until someone *who knows* confirms that, people will have to keep making noise…

    (I love btw how this site lets you see the amount of *paying customers*, which seems to fair outweigh us silver members, yet have the same concerns…)

    Please clarify your statement Major.

    Thanks

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  • Shiaoran

    @Fowl2: It’s MS. It’s as clear as it gets😛

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  • IconicSoulJA

    My LIVE goes out November. I wonder if I should renew or just disconnect completely. I’ll be fine with this update. I don’t use the Avatar Craplace anyway and rarely get the overpriced and usually crap DLCs anyway.

    I’ve been thinking about PS3 and stuff like this makes it all so much easier. LIVE is not needed to have fun. I usually play single player games anyway.

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  • DieLustigeWitwe

    Well in his statement, Major specifically mentions “Memory Units” more than once. Later on, he mentions authorized storage devices in a generic way, but the part about the ban relates specifically to “Memory Units”. No mention is made of hard drives. Datel makes a lot of accessories, it’s possible Microsoft does not want to call them out by name. Plus for all I know, there are other non-Microsoft memory units out there besides Datel’s. Theres is the only one I’ve ever seen for sale at retail, and it allegedly has issues with borking saves not just on itself, but other attached storage devices.

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  • IconicSoulJA

    When a thread on Microsoft’s Greed almost surpasses the Preview Program thread, there is an obvious problem. I bet they will ignore this anyway. All they care about is lining their pockets.

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  • Beasty Drummer

    I guess we’ll have to wait for an official statement on what will be affected.

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  • Exu

    The team working on the Xbox 360 at Microsoft is past it. They’re out of touch, and the system no longer belongs in their hands.

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  • mchiefvs360

    This if for the benefit of all of us as third-party products occaisonally fail. I once bought a controller for the original xbox and as soon as it was out of the box, it broke. I’d rather pay a few more dollars for a certified microsoft product than a third-party MU that will probably corrupt in a few months when I need it most.

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  • Shiaoran

    @Exu: It’s been like that since… Before launch?😛

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  • BillyMagnumFOD

    @mchiefvs360: In my experience M$ accesories are no better. Those recharge kits die fast and Ive had stuff die on me so conveniently just ad the warranty expires. Reading other posts it does seem like Microsoft would be committing a monopoly crime. Its not okay to take away alternatives for consumers and force them to buy heavily over-priced accesories.

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  • EveofLight

    @ Exu – My Xbox360 is a Microsoft certified product and it broke 3 times and my controllers are Microsoft certified and I have to send them in for repair as well.

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  • peejam

    yeah, i have the overpriced harddrives M$ sells😛
    you’re selling the most expensive harddrives in computer history… and then M$ still has the nerve to produce advertisement that says: “when you buy a mac, you pay extra for the brand”. Same happens with xbox, and M$ isnt complaining. At least with the PS3, you can exchange the HDD, and so far it has not been plagued by piracy!

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