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XBOX 360 to Support USB Storage in April

Good news Xbox 360 users, as of April 6, you will be able to use flash drives to store data such as game saves, title updates, Xbox Live arcade games, demos, profiles and even install games directly to the flash media. Yup, you read that correctly, instead of installing the game to the hard drive you will be able to put it on the flash drive. Of course, just like installing the game regularly, the disk will need to be in the tray to authenticate it. Geez what’s new.

This new feature will be available through a soon to be released software update from Microsoft. The new update will allow users to create a partition of up to 16GB with the capability of connecting 2 drives simultaneously for up to 32GB of storage. The update also comes with additional memory management functions that will allow you to configure how much storage to use on the device.

Here’s a snapshot of the Memory Management Screen:

Xbox Interface

Microsoft is mainly targeting flash storage with the upcoming update, however, regular external hard drives will work the same way with the setback of slower performance. It is recommended to use flash based devices since the spinning media types, like hard drives, usually offer a much slower experience.

Sandisk & Microsoft

Microsoft will be partnering with Sandisk to create its own Xbox branded flash drive that will be formatted specially for use with the 360 but won’t be available until May of this year. These will be pre-configured and ready to use out of the box. Not to  worry though, any flash drive may be used with the new update.

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