Xbox 360’s soon to be compatible with flash drives

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Xbox Live’s Larry Hyrb (better known as Major Nelson) released information on his blog saying that Microsoft has been working over the past weeks on making the 360 compatible with flash drives, and their work has paid off.

On April 6th there will be a mandatory update to all Xbox 360 owners and it will allow such users to use flash drives to store their information. Flash drives varying from 1gb to 16 gb will be supported. He also stated that some “USB hard drives” may work, you can only use 16gb maximum of the space provided.

Not only this but Microsoft has partnered with Sandisk to create a 16 gb flash drive to be released in May. Though the price of said flash drive is still unknown.

(Flash drive image courtesy of Joystiq)

This is pretty interesting, though I’m curious to see if this will support all flash drives originally, and then they will release an update forcing you to use Microsoft created flash drives only? Or if that will be the way from the start. Or if in the end they will allow you to use any flash drive. What do you guys think?

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  • Andrew

    From what I’ve read, you can use any flash drive or USB hard drive over 1 GB. I can’t imagine that they would later restrict what you can use.

  • skull_x_man

    Kinda crappy that the restriction is 16GB, but it’s WAY better than those Memory Cards. But im wodnerin…wouldn’t this open a door for hacking XBLA titles/themes/DLCs? It should be interestin to see this…

  • Andrew

    I read somewhere that you can’t copy games to them; you have to re-download them. My guess is that they give a serial number to your USB drive, and hash that with the license key when they store it on the USB drive. Something like that would make it harder to use this to pirate stuff.

  • I bet the Sandisk 16gb one will be some astronomical figure. I like how you can have 2 of them plugged in for up to 32gb of storage.
    I also would not be surprised if the April 6 update included the fixes to the hacking being done on the Xbox at the moment.

  • frankcastle66

    this seriously give me a happy face they are so much better than memory cards

  • Andrenekoi

    Really good if it’s true that any flash drive can be used, different options for storage are always welcome.

  • Well this is definitely a step in the right direction. Should be great being able to use my USBs, if only I had a 16 gig.

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