USB Mass Storage Support Coming Soon To Xbox 360 - HotHardware
USB Mass Storage Support Coming Soon To Xbox 360

USB Mass Storage Support Coming Soon To Xbox 360

Microsoft's Xbox 360 Arcade console is about to get a lot more interesting, and a lot more viable. For most, the idea of buying the cheap(er) console and then buying an expensive Xbox 360 hard drive or 512MB Memory Unit was something that just added up to "too much." But in order to continually battle Sony and Nintendo, they are reportedly planning to enable USB Mass Storage support across the console line.

If you're not much on terminology, this means that your normal USB drive will soon be able to be used as storage for the Xbox 360, and since 16GB USB keys are supported, a couple of them will essentially give you a 32GB hard drive (if you leave them plugged in) for storing DLC content and other media that you want close. If you like your media on the go, this new feature will allow you to easily transfer games, game saves and DLC from one console to another much like the Memory Unit does now, but with full games, you'll still have to insert the disc in order to prove that you own it.



It's said that the update is coming this Spring, and once it happens, all Xbox 360 users will be able to "download Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox Live Indie games, Games on Demand, DLC and Title Updates to the storage device." This is certainly something that the console has needed for awhile, and we definitely love giving more power to the user, even if it means fewer Memory Unit sales.
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This just makes it easier for people to play cacked games xD , but for the most of us that do buy our games this is good for us to get som extra storage for use

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This is great news as things like USB sticks and external hard drives are much cheaper than the Xbox 360 hard drive.

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Great move by MS. The Xbox360 HDs are extremely overpriced and this will make downloadable content more common for sure. Anxious for this update like many others I'm sure.

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this is awesome, score one for the hold outs....

all though i guess this is a win for the seedy underbelly too

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dizowned:

this is awesome, score one for the hold outs....

all though i guess this is a win for the seedy underbelly too

 

Definitely. And lately I've seen some good Xbox 360 arcade deals. The last one was at $150 from Dell with free shipping. Deal died already though...

 

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Meanwhile, you can plug a 2TB drive into a PS3 with no silly artificial restrictions.

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This is great news for those who have a lot of external drives laying around.

Now I can plug in one of those 500GB external hard drives I have lying around and I can start downloading games that my 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive would never hold.

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That is the million dollar question. Would this limit the size of the USB media?

Just like some Motherboards limit the size HD allowed. This could also happen with these units.

Imagine all the people who will buy it, only to find out 500Gb or more drive are not supported. Or better yet, you use it for a while and think everything is working with the TB drive, then you get the Red Ring of death! AAAAHH! Time to buy a new one.

Since the PS3 is proven to accept these drives. It might be wise to wait for some of the test data, you know wait until other buy it and see if any issues arise. Now we just need it to use Blue Ray discs for their standard. That way you wont need all that space to begin with since 40GB's can be on the disc.

Kinda puts that 36GB USB into perspective?

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From what I read elsewhere, they artificially limit it to 16GB. A totally stupid decision, really.

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3vi1.

If they're actually limiting it then we'd have a riot on our hands.

An Xbox hard drive (internal) might have 4-6 gigs taken because of the New Xbox Experience being installed on the hard drive (in essance, an OS). This is just a guess but is this what you're referring to?

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TaylorKarras:

3vi1.

If they're actually limiting it then we'd have a riot on our hands.

An Xbox hard drive (internal) might have 4-6 gigs taken because of the New Xbox Experience being installed on the hard drive (in essance, an OS). This is just a guess but is this what you're referring to?

 

I don't know if we would have a riot. It is still a nice upgrade. There would be a riot if there was no limit and Microsoft later updated it to limit the size of external storage.

Though Microsoft Xbox tech support might get a lot of calls from people wondering why they can't use all 500GB when connected to their Xbox 360.

 

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I recall in the Fall Dashboard Update they disabled those high-capacity memory units (I think they were made by Daytek or something similar). Now they are allowing any USB stick to function as a MU (up to 16GB).

Some other sites are thinking this lends even more credibility to the XBox 360 Slim rumors, since they only have 1 MU instead of the 2 that the current 360 has.

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Awesome, I love the idea of being able to use a flash drive, instead of having to buy a Microsoft Certified MU, much more space for the same price as a MU.

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It's about time this happened.

This should have been supported at launch. It would have prevented me from losing my game saves when my launch 360 RROD'd

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This is another effort by Microsoft to make the Xbox 360 the center of home entertainment in the living room or what have you. 

Question though, do the newer gen Xbox's support HD quality DVD's? 

If I remember correctly you are required to buy an external HD DVD Player for the 360 in order to enjoy higher quality movies. 

If Microsoft wants to keep up they need to offer this support as well. 

Another thing I wouldn't mind is having a patch update where all USB keyboards are compatible with the xbox as well. 

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Marius Malek:

This is another effort by Microsoft to make the Xbox 360 the center of home entertainment in the living room or what have you. 

Question though, do the newer gen Xbox's support HD quality DVD's? 

If I remember correctly you are required to buy an external HD DVD Player for the 360 in order to enjoy higher quality movies. 

If Microsoft wants to keep up they need to offer this support as well. 

Another thing I wouldn't mind is having a patch update where all USB keyboards are compatible with the xbox as well. 

 

You are still required to buy an external HD DVD player for the Xbox 360. Last I heard, Microsoft does not plan to have an HD DVD player or a Blu-Ray player built into any of the models.

For upconverting/upscaling DVDs, I don't think it does that either.

 

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You see, that's lame. I don't feel like buying another xbox add on. 

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