Just a little reminder for you guys: you may remember reading about the USB Storage Device Support Coming to 360
a little while ago. Well today, April 6th, is the day when this will launch, with a console update being pushed live from Microsoft.
So anyone logging on their Xbox today and finding themselves with a System Update to download, this is why. Once the update is live, you will be able to use USB flash drives (aka memory sticks, pen drives, etc) between 1GB to 16GB to store your saves and downloads. Microsoft have also stated that USB hard drives may work, but only a max on 16GB of space, and by the sounds of it that won't be applicable to all HDDs.
All of the key information about how the USB devices will function can be found in the following quote from Major Nelson's blog:
Once you take the system update on April 6th, you’ll be able to connect your USB flash drives to your console and head over to the memory section to configure your new storage device. Once you do that, the system will conduct a one time performance and integrity check to confirm the drive is working properly. 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. USB Hard drives may work, but like flash memory, you’ll only be able to use up to 16GB of space. 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.
A couple of points:
• You can have 2 devices connected to the console at a time, enabling up to 32GB of simultaneous storage.
• The system won’t just configure the device once it is connected to the console. You’ll need to head to the memory area in system settings, 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 for Xbox360 from the free space on the device).
Major Nelson also posted a handful of screenshots showing how you'd go about using a flash drive like this, and what the Dashboard's menus will display. To check them for yourself, click the external link below.
There's a lot of great information to take in above. Make sure you've read through it clearly, because while it might seem confusing now, this sounds like it could be hugely beneficial to a lot of users!
Also, key point to remember: any flash drive should work. This really doesn't seem like a money grab or anything like that from Microsoft's part, and much more focused on providing users with more download space, as well as making it easier to move you saves and downloads around.