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Xbox 360 Flash Drives: $40 for 8GB, $70 for 16GB

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Yesterday Microsoft confirmed that the company would be releasing an update on April 6 that would allow users to use USB flash drives for storing profiles, game saves, demos and more.

Microsoft's Major Nelson did say you can use any 1GB+ flash drive you like, but he also said Microsoft would partnering with SanDisk to bring out official, pre-configured Xbox-branded flash drives that would be available in May.

Well GameStop has one of these extra special, Xbox 360-brand flash drives listed on its website and it should come as no surprise that they're a little overpriced. Though they do come with a month free Xbox Live Gold membership, it's still hard to see many people paying $40 for an 8GB flash drive. If you want to use the maximum allowed space per drive, you'll have to pay $70 for the 16GB option.

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    Grims , March 30, 2010 6:51 PM
    Frag MortuusWell they didnt become one of the most profitable business' in the world by giving stuff away!


    Google did.
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    Trueno07 , March 30, 2010 7:20 PM
    My biggest fear is that Gamestop will start telling customers that they NEED to purchase an official Microsoft branded Flash Drive to be able to use this feature.

    It sounds like i'm complaining, but I really can imagine this happening.
  • 16 Hide
    vant , March 30, 2010 6:53 PM
    Switch Microsoft to Apple and you would have a very different comment section.
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    OvrClkr , March 30, 2010 6:21 PM
    Ok this aint funny anymore, first we get news that MS is going to start selling 250Gb drives for 130.00$ shipped and now we have overpriced thumb-drives to add to this scenario? Trying to get more users to subscribe to something that should be free anyways is not the best route. If MS was a poor company that could really use the funds then I would understand…

    I am amazed at the fact that you can use "any" thumbdrive, well at least 1 good thing came out of this whole ordeal..

    Whats next? An SSD that you can drop into your exsisting 360 for only 499.99$ !!
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    dman3k , March 30, 2010 6:40 PM
    Why would anyone one want to pay this much for an 8GB usb key? You gotta be a brand lurker.
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    SlickyFats , March 30, 2010 6:43 PM
    I'll just wait for my local Fry's to have another big sale on flash drives. Got a 3 pack of 8Gb last time for $30.
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    enderwiggen , March 30, 2010 6:44 PM
    OvrClkrOk this aint funny anymore, first we get news that MS is going to start selling 250Gb drives for 130.00$ shipped and now we have overpriced thumb-drives to add to this scenario? Trying to get more users to subscribe to something that should be free anyways is not the best route. If MS was a poor company that could really use the funds then I would understand…I am amazed at the fact that you can use "any" thumbdrive, well at least 1 good thing came out of this whole ordeal..Whats next? An SSD that you can drop into your exsisting 360 for only 499.99$ !!

    SSD's cost that anyways
  • 12 Hide
    Frag Mortuus , March 30, 2010 6:45 PM
    Well they didnt become one of the most profitable business' in the world by giving stuff away!
  • 20 Hide
    Grims , March 30, 2010 6:51 PM
    Frag MortuusWell they didnt become one of the most profitable business' in the world by giving stuff away!


    Google did.
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    Marco925 , March 30, 2010 6:52 PM
    Ewwww..... i can get flash drives for half that price, even lower.
  • 16 Hide
    vant , March 30, 2010 6:53 PM
    Switch Microsoft to Apple and you would have a very different comment section.
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    OvrClkr , March 30, 2010 7:08 PM
    Quote:
    SSD's cost that anyways


    of course they do silly, but this time you get only 80Gb :lol: 


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    cscott_it , March 30, 2010 7:10 PM
    vantSwitch Microsoft to Apple and you would have a very different comment section.


    Switch a gaming console to a computer/phone and then you may have a point.
  • 19 Hide
    Trueno07 , March 30, 2010 7:20 PM
    My biggest fear is that Gamestop will start telling customers that they NEED to purchase an official Microsoft branded Flash Drive to be able to use this feature.

    It sounds like i'm complaining, but I really can imagine this happening.
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    hellwig , March 30, 2010 7:21 PM
    Wow a 16GB flash drive for only $70?!?!?!? I'm sure Gamestop will provide the excellent service of having someone at the shipping dock pre-open the product for you, even insert it in their own personal XBox 360, and pre-install their own save-game data or pornography onto the device, at no additional cost! Don't worry, Gamestop will ensure you (*not a warranty) that the device is still new.
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    dlochinski , March 30, 2010 7:39 PM
    Quote:
    vant :

    Switch Microsoft to Apple and you would have a very different comment section.



    Switch a gaming console to a computer/phone and then you may have a point.


    I think you just proved his point
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    beans4you , March 30, 2010 7:55 PM
    lol yea... ive paid 17$ for 20GB... this is just ms hard at work trying to scam all the kiddies that get everything for free (tech illiterate parents)
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    counselmancl , March 30, 2010 8:04 PM
    Can't play Crysis, don't care.
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    razor512 , March 30, 2010 8:51 PM
    I bought a 16GB flash drive with a 10MB/s write and a 31MB/s read speed for $15 a few days ago

    I bought a 20GB laptop hard drive new from a random store on google shopping for $11
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    d-block , March 30, 2010 9:00 PM
    Wow.. ripoff city
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    OvrClkr , March 30, 2010 9:15 PM
    I could not agree more but this is my issue with MS :

    First MS comes out with a console capable of holding it's own. Kudos, especially when it came out a year prior to the PS3.

    Then they announce that LIVE will cost us an arm and a leg. Bummer.

    Then they go all out with a crappy HD player that costs 199.99$ Bummer.

    Then we find out that there is no way of upgrading the HDD unless we hack the device. Bummer.

    Now we have an otion of upgrading the HDD to a 250Gb for 130.00$ SUPER bummer since you can get a brand new console for 70.00$ more.

    Now this, overpriced thumb-drives just to get more users to subscribe to Live, like they do not have enough subscribers already. Bummer.

    The 720 and the PS4 are due out in the next 2 years, if you think this is bad wait till we get the pricing on these next-gen consoles.
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    kdashjl , March 30, 2010 9:18 PM
    i can only afford a 1gb flash drive based on this prices
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    gnookergi , March 30, 2010 9:20 PM
    LOL! At that price just buy the hard drive!
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