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SanDisk shipping 'official' Xbox 360 USB drives

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 May 2010 23:07 User comments (11)

SanDisk shipping 'official' Xbox 360 USB drives SanDisk has announced that it has begun shipping 'official' Xbox 360 USB drives, giving gamers a place to backup their game saves, gamertags, map packs and Arcade game downloads.
The company says the USB drive is "pre-configured for seamless plug and play action," eliminating the need for gamers to take the extra step of formatting their own drives and downloading the initial 360 software update.

Additionally, all drives come with a free one-month membership to Xbox Live Gold.

"Xbox LIVE contains a world of content for gamers to explore and download, including full-length games, movies and music," says Shuki Nir, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Retail, SanDisk. "The Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive by SanDisk is specifically engineered to deliver a great user experience and maximum compatibility with the console, offering gamers greater freedom and flexibility in how they store, manage and enjoy their favorite files."

The drive is available in either 8GB or 16GB varieties, with MSRPs of $35 and $70, respectively.

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11 user comments

15.5.2010 23:40

I bought a Kingston DataTraveler 16GB flash drive for $24. End of story.

25.5.2010 23:49

And even with the price difference this is sure to sell because of 1) 360 fanboys and
2) the world being full of idiots too lazy to use google and figure out how to setup a regular USB themselves.

36.5.2010 0:40

Yeah, the corporations are evil b/c they are taking advantage of the fact that people are too ignorant to know any better. Governments also take advantage of this fact and have been screwing the people over since the beginning of time.

46.5.2010 1:14

Originally posted by Morreale:
I bought a Kingston DataTraveler 16GB flash drive for $24. End of story.
At least untill next month when microsoft removes 3rd party flashdrive support.

56.5.2010 3:18

Originally posted by KillerBug:
At least untill next month when microsoft removes 3rd party flashdrive support.

If true, that would be an unthinkably idiotic business move typical of Microsoft. I mean Sony would never scale back functionability of their unit in any way. What you say? Firmware update, no more linux support? Hmmm, back to the drawing board.

66.5.2010 4:33

I never said sony was a good company. Personally, the PS3 is a better system for my needs (even without linux)...but I can see how some people might be better off with an XboX...at least if all their friends have one, or if they are pirates.

That said, I would be greatly surprised to see Sony remove flash drive support, and I would not be at all surprised to see microsoft do the same, as they already did it with the memory cards. Tell the truth, I would be much more surprised if they don't remove 3rd party flash drive support...you can get drives that are cheaper and faster than the sandisk unit, so Microsoft will try to do something about that.

76.5.2010 6:03

Not putting down either system or people who use them although I do hate fanboyism on any level...just saying this type of business model is par for the course nowadays.

86.5.2010 8:35

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Morreale:
I bought a Kingston DataTraveler 16GB flash drive for $24. End of story.
At least untill next month when microsoft removes 3rd party flashdrive support.
They actually recently just added the support, so I doubt it's going anywhere.

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cf...ox_360_now_live

96.5.2010 10:17

Originally posted by Deadrum33:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
At least untill next month when microsoft removes 3rd party flashdrive support.

If true, that would be an unthinkably idiotic business move typical of Microsoft. I mean Sony would never scale back functionability of their unit in any way. What you say? Firmware update, no more linux support? Hmmm, back to the drawing board.

Ya those 2 are the same thing..oh wait no one uses linux anyway besides people trying to crack the ps3...back to playing pirated games on the 360 because buying games would be stupid of anyone owning one. big difference in security of the 2 and quality.

106.5.2010 15:22

Originally posted by Deadrum33:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
At least untill next month when microsoft removes 3rd party flashdrive support.

If true, that would be an unthinkably idiotic business move typical of Microsoft. I mean Sony would never scale back functionability of their unit in any way. What you say? Firmware update, no more linux support? Hmmm, back to the drawing board.

So you think that OtherOS is the PS3's strongest feature? Besides, they removed for their system's security.
I'm all for it.

117.5.2010 2:03

I don't. Feel like going through it all again, but removing linx did nothing for the security, and will lead to the security being broken sooner.

Stop being a fanboy...sony is 100% in the wrong on this one.

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