The Xbox 360 is due for another update and a new official update coming Spring 2010 will allow USB Mass Storage devices to be used on the Xbox 360. USB Mass Storage will help to serve better than current MU memory storage currently used on the Xbox 360.
Flash drives and external hard drives are becoming increasingly popular and Microsoft is catching on. Currently, the only way to save important game data on the Xbox 360 is by using an MU or an Xbox 360 hard drive. This method of storing Xbox 360 has been the standard since the 360’s launch, but a new Spring 2010 update will give gamers what they’ve always wanted: USB Mass Storage device support on the Xbox 360.
The new update to feature USB Mass Storage device support on the Xbox 360 might not seem like a big deal if you’re used to using a flash drive or external hard drive to play music and videos on your Xbox 360, but this update takes that limited USB Mass Storage support and adds a lot more features to it.
The new Xbox 360 Spring 2010 update will not only feature USB Mass Storage support for music and video playback, the update will also support saving and loading game data via a USB Mass Storage device like a flash drive or external hard drive. In addition to game and save data, this new Xbox 360 update will also support “downloading Xbox Live Arcade game, Live Indie games, Games on Demand, DLC and Title Updates to the storage device” [joystiq]. If that wasn’t enough, the Xbox 360’s USB Mass Storage device update coming this Spring will also allow gamers to store disc games to the USB device for faster loading times (as long as the game disc is in the console).
The new features of the update for the Xbox 360 coming this Spring are great, but the USB Mass Storage support comes with a few, not so great, limitations. Flash drives and external hard drives used for the new USB Mass Storage features of the Xbox 360 Spring update must be at least 1GB, will have to be configured for the Xbox 360, and can only support up to 16GB of USB Mass Storage space – no matter how large your storage device is. In addition to these limitations, the Xbox 360 will only recognize two USB Mass storage devices (a total of 32GB total) even though the Xbox 360 has 3 USB ports.
Overall, the new update for the Xbox 360 will be a great addition to the Xbox 360. USB Mass Storage beats using MU and those bulky and overpriced Xbox 360 hard drives any day. The new Microsoft update for the Xbox 360 is set for this Spring, so get those flash and external hard drives ready for some gaming action coming Spring of 2010.
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