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April 6, 2010

Under “It’s about fucking time” category…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 2:40 pm

Microsoft has released an update to the Xbox 360 allowing gamers to use USB thumb drives as normal Memory Units to store gamer tags, game saves, DLC, XBL Arcade games, Installed games, etc. It’s not like we never could use USB storage devices before, but we weren’t able to SAVE anything on them. We could only use them to play media files on them that you put on your self with a PC, or from MP3 players with USB connectors. This function became rather useless once we have been able to file share and stream music and videos from our home networks to the 360.

I also get the feeling that Microsoft plans to stop selling Memory Units (MU) considering how damn expensive they are.  A measly 64mb MU is about $40, a 512mb (½ gig) MU is $60!  That’s a HUGE mark-up for flash memory considering that a 16gb USB Flash drive can be had for less than $20!

The only limitation is you need a USB flash drive at 1gb minimum, which is fine since not even the largest MU’s go beyond a half-gig (512mb) anyway.  Also you can only use up to 16gb which ironically gives you more space than Microsoft’s 20gb HDDs once they are formatted (14.5gb on a USB drive, vs. 13.9gb on an Xbox 20gb HDD)

This update will allow Xbox Arcade/Core gamers who don’t have hard drives to use their 360 to the fullest, since a 16gb USB drive are cheap (and you can use more than one), and allows you to download games, and use the “install” function for games on disc so they load faster.

Also there’s this rumored “Xbox 360 Slim” that may be out soon, which my no longer have MU slots. I’ve also been able to resurrect my old 20gb HDD, using the transfer cable i got from my 120gb HDD, and I’m using it again as a normal Xbox 360 storage device, so I now have a total of 156.5GB of storage space among all my devices.  I first had to dock the 20gb drive back on the 360’s drive bay to format it properly, after that i just hooked it to the rear USB port with the transfer cable, and it’s kosher.

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