(Source: Major Nelson)
Microsoft delivers more features for the Xbox 360

According to Microsoft's Major Nelson, the latest Xbox 360 system update is in en route and gamers should be able to upgrade shortly. As previously reported, this update provides support for USB storage devices.

The new update will allow Xbox 360 owners to use both USB HDDs and flash drives (they must be at least 1GB in size) to expand the storage of their systems. However, using a USB HDD will most likely be a waste considering that no matter how large the drive is, only a 16.5GB partition can be made. Total space available will be 16GB due to the fact that 512MB of storage space will be dedicated to the system partition.

Major Nelson also adds these words of advice:

  • 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.) 

For those of you that simply have money to burn, Microsoft and Sandisk have teamed up to deliver "official" USB flash drives for the Xbox 360. However, the 8GB drive will set you back a whopping $40 and the 16GB drive is going for $70 -- you can get an el cheapo 8GB or 16GB flash drive for as little as $15 and $30 respectively.

For more information on the USB update, you can read the FAQ here.

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