USB Flash Drive support coming to the XBox 360 on April 6th

March 26, 2010, By Thomas Antony

After those rumors last week, Microsoft has now officially announced that USB Mass Storage will be coming for the Xbox 360 at last. Come this April 6th, an update will be released that will allow users to format some part or all of any 1GB or larger usb flash drive, upto 16GB for storing content that would otherwise have been stored in the built-in storage. And you can also hookup upto two drives at a time to get a maximum of 32GB of extra storage.

The normal USB flash drives available on the market are usually much slower than the SSDs but they still end up being faster than the builtin storage on the Xbox, especially when reading data.

You can even plug in USB hard drives, but you will be limited to using only 16GB. In order to use a device, you will first have to manually format it after plugging it into the 360. Then you can configure how much storage to use on the device for the 360 and how much to leave for use on a PC or Mac. Once you do that, the system will conduct a one time performance and integrity check to confirm the drive is working properly.

While all the flashdrives should be compatible, Microsoft is also partnering with SanDisk to release an Xbox 360 branded USB flash drive by May, which would come pre-configured to work with the Xbox.

Source : MajorNelson

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