Xbox 360 April 6th Update, memory management

Xbox 360

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. Once you do that, the system will conduct a one time performance and integrity check to confirm the drive is working properly. You will then be able to configure how much storage to use on the device, up to 16 GB. The remaining space on the flash drive will be accessible by your PC or Mac. USB Hard drives may work, but like flash memory, you’ll only be able to use up to 16GB of space. Since performance on flash based USB storage is usually better, I highly recommend using flash based instead of spinning media like a hard drive…it’s just going to give you a MUCH better experience.

We’ve also enhanced the memory management functions, so you’ll be able to have better control on what you want to copy or move between storage devices.

A couple of points:

  • You can have 2 devices connected to the console at a time, enabling up to 32GB of simultaneous storage.
  • The system won’t just configure the device once it is connected to the console. You’ll need to head to the memory area in system settings, select your USB Device, and choose from Configure Now (Format and Configure the Full Device), or Customize (you can choose how much memory you want configured for Xbox360 from the free space on the device.)

While any flash drive can be used, we are partnering with SanDisk to release an Xbox 360 branded USB flash drive in May that comes pre-configured out of the box and ready to go. I’ll provide links to those drives once they’re available. Until then, starting April 6th (when we release the system update) you can pop any flash drive over 1GB into your Xbox 360 and configure it as storage.”

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  • XxUncleNigelxX

    16gb is the highest from one thumb drive that will be usable any higher than 16gb with be used to store patches, game themes and other stuff

    • nigel. change ur avatar pic to 70×70 pixels.. it should it for when u import it but it doesnt seem to be working too well 🙂

  • frankcastle66

    i can make you a picture of the correct size of any picture nigel also i think this is a good idea i love thumb drives

  • While I was reading that I thought it was written by Dylan and I thought you guys had early access to this feature or something. Haha.

    Anyways I can’t wait for this, will be good for gamesaves whenever I want to go to a friends house.

  • skull_x_man

    Keepin my statement from the last April 6th Update news…WHY the 16gb limit? I mean, i realize you have to sell HDD too, but it’s sellfish, Microsoft!
    Oh well, seems like we have to be thankful that they actually brought this update so thanks in the end. Never wanted to buy a Memory Card anywayz.

    And i heard that the SanDisk XBOX360 branded stick costs…a lot. Any news on that?

  • Andrenekoi

    I haven’t paid attention for the 16gb limit before, lol Microsoft.

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