Microsoft to allow USB storage devices on 360

Microsoft is planning to release an update that will allow USB storage devices to be used with the Xbox 360. A report by Joystiq revealed the details.

At the moment gamers have to use official 360 hard drives or memory unit devices to load and save games. However it was only recently Microsoft blocked 3rd-party memory devices from functioning with the console, which throws some doubt into the report.

A spokesperson for Microsoft stated with the demand for more hard drive space, users would be able to save data such as download content, Xbox Live arcade games and Games on Demand to the external memory. However users will be restricted from copying TV shows and films across.

USB drives will need to be a minimum of 1GB and with ever increasing capacities, they’ll soon be competing with the official hard drives. There was no news on whether this would extend to USB hard drives.

Sony already has a mass USB device built in to its PS3 console, so Microsoft will certainly be looking to bring this into line with them.

What do you think of the plans? Will you use a USB storage device?


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