On April 6, Microsoft will release an update to allow for USB Memory Support for Xbox360 consoles. On the outlook, this new feature does not look impressive since it only allows for up to 16GB of flash memory (or up to 32GB if you plug in two flash drives). This means if you are already using 60GB, 120GB or the new 250GB Xbox HDD, you would not be able to back up everything. So how is this a cause to celebrate?
While we’re all waiting for 6 April to test it out, I see one immediate potential for this feature:
If you have ever tried to bring your Xbox360 to chalets or resorts in Singapore, you might have come across this ‘problem’. My experience tells me that because these chalets or resorts are situated in the far east of Singapore (such as Changi and Loyang), the wireless reception is very poor. Unless you bring and set up your own modem, hooking up the first-generation Xbox360 Wireless Network Adapter and scanning for wireless reception doesn’t always solve the problem. Last January, I almost developed a workaround by tethering to an iPhone 3GS but it could not read all my downloaded content in my Xbox360 120GB HDD.
I’m excited to test whether the USB Memory support feature would finally resolve this issue. Last Friday, I have accumulated a total of 304 songs in LIPS Number One Hits (that’s about 264 downloaded songs from DLC). Todate, the total size has come to 10.5 GB.
If I can transfer these 10.5 GB of data into my flash drive and access them without requiring me to login to Xbox LIVE, this would be a great discovery!
So if this USB Memory Support works in the way I think it will, many people will not be prevented from enjoying and sharing their paid content anytime anywhere because in theory, this shoud work for all your other downloads from Guitar Hero, RockBand, DJ Hero and many more!
I will post my findings when I manage to test them out.