USB Storage Coming to Xbox 360 April 6

We've been hearing rumors about the possibility of USB storage for the Xbox 360 for a while now.  On Friday, Microsoft's Major Nelson confirmed the reports and said a system update to allow USB storage would land April 6.

"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."

Nelson writes that when you connect your drive to your Xbox, the will conduct a one time performance and integrity check to confirm the drive is working properly. With that out of the way, you're free to configure how much storage to use on the device, with the option to go up to 16GB. Though USB hard drives "might work," you'll still get the same 16GB limit that's present with the flash drives. Users can connect two devices at once for a limit of 32GB.

You can use any 1GB+ flash drive you like but Microsoft is partnering with SanDisk to bring out pre-configured Xbox-branded flash drive. Expect to see these in May.

In related news, a hacker claims to have gained access to Major Nelson's online account, and Microsoft is now investigating.

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  • JMcEntegart
    zoemaynewho cares about an xbox


    Sigh. Lots of people care.
  • TomsSound
    16GB
    tipooThis is great, no more buying overpriced Xbox hard drives. The 250GB one that is coming out works out to 52 cents per gigabyte, whereas a PC hard drive usually lies betweeh 12-16 cents per gigabyte. Add in an external USB enclosure and you're good to go.
  • lamorpa
    zoemaynewho cares about an xbox

    You do zoemayne, unless you have such an empty life that you take the time to read articles and post comments about something that you are not interested in.
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  • tipoo
    This is great, no more buying overpriced Xbox hard drives. The 250GB one that is coming out works out to 52 cents per gigabyte, whereas a PC hard drive usually lies betweeh 12-16 cents per gigabyte. Add in an external USB enclosure and you're good to go.
  • TomsSound
    16GB
    tipooThis is great, no more buying overpriced Xbox hard drives. The 250GB one that is coming out works out to 52 cents per gigabyte, whereas a PC hard drive usually lies betweeh 12-16 cents per gigabyte. Add in an external USB enclosure and you're good to go.
  • zoemayne
    who cares about an xbox