Microsoft updates Xbox 360 with USB memory support

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Microsoft has released a mandatory system update for its popular Xbox 360 console that offers support for external USB memory devices.

"Sometime over the next few hours when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you'll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update," confirmed Microsoft spokesperson Major Nelson (aka Larry Hryb).

"If you are signed into LIVE already, you may be signed out and asked to accept the update and you'll be back online in a few moments. [Now], most USB memory will work, or you can purchase one of the official SanDisk 8 or 16 GB flash drives that are pre-configured and also come with a free month of LIVE."

However, it should be noted that the latest Microsoft memory update has reportedly made saving Xbox 360 content somewhat "more difficult."

"Previous memory card methods [allowed you] to simply insert the card into a device that plugs straight into your computer and copy it across using drag & drop," wrote Jason Andrews of Xboxic.

"Folders are now encrypted files, and content transferred to USB memory from the Xbox 360 are stored within the files together rather than listed individually as numbered content."

Unsurprisingly, a modder has already managed to hack the security methods imposed on the files to create a program that extracts content to a PC desktop.

"Once such a program is made public, anyone with basic computer knowledge can start sharing gamesaves for modification including gamerpics and themes just for starters," explained Andrews.

"In the coming months we could see an increase in scams for MS points or possibly even the resale of gamerpics and themes from the more entrepreneurial of hackers!"