Microsoft has announced that on April 6 it will release a system update over Xbox Live that allows USB flash drive support for Xbox 360.
This means you’ll be able to use the drives for storing game saves, demos, profiles and more.
Once the USB drive is inserted -you can pop any flash drive over 1Gb into your Xbox 360 and configure it as storage – just head over to your memory section to configure it, and after the system runs an integrity check, you will then be able to configure how much storage to use on the device – up to 16 Gb.
The remaining space on the flash drive will be accessible by your PC or Mac.
The system won’t just configure the device once it is connected to the console so you’ll need to select your USB Device, and choose from Configure Now (Format and Configure the Full Device), or Customize (you can choose how much memory you want configured).
“USB Hard drives may work, but like flash memory, you’ll only be able to use up to 16Gb of space,” said The Major. “Since performance on flash based USB storage is usually better, I highly recommend using flash based instead of spinning media like a hard drive…it’s just going to give you a MUCH better experience.
“We’ve also enhanced the memory management functions, so you’ll be able to have better control on what you want to copy or move between storage devices”.
You can also have two devices connected to the console at a time, enabling up to 32Gb of simultaneous storage.
Microsoft is also partnering with SanDisk to release an Xbox 360 branded USB flash drive in May that comes pre-configured out of the box and ready to go.No price or exact sate on that yet.
The Major has posted some new screens to show you how to configure it should you not know how.