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Microsoft Corp. said officially that starting from the next software update for Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console it would prohibit usage of “unauthorized” storage devices on the system.

“When Preview Program members start receiving the Xbox 360 system update next week, one of the changes is that unauthorized memory units will no longer work with the Xbox 360. If you’ve moved your profile or saved games onto one to “back it up,” you’d better move it back onto an authorized Xbox 360 storage device prior to taking the update,” the official Xbox 360 blogger Major Nelson wrote.

Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles are equipped with USB ports, thus, theoretically support all available flash USB memory sticks. However, Microsoft plans to limit support of memory sticks to only “licensed” devices. For example, Xbox 360 512MB memory unit costs $29 from Microsoft, which is a very high price for a 512MB USB flash stick.

It is not a secret, however, that video game console makers make money on accessories and video games, not on the console hardware itself. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that Microsoft has decided to earn additional profit on memory units, which are rather popular accessories among Xbox 360 Arcade console users since their devices do not have integrated hard drive.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Flash

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Wow, noone else can manage stupidities like MS it seems.
0 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 10/21/09 11:36:24 AM]
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Not a wise move M$

And who wants to bet how long before this ridiculous restriction is cracked.................
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 10/21/09 10:26:28 PM]
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I had to register, just to complain about this. Yeah, I'm sure somebody will come out with a crack, but MS don't care, millions of idiots will still buy "xbox memory" for 29 bucks, just because it's got that cool plastic encasement (it looks just like the XBOX!!!!).

Man, I hate money. If only we could have a system of beatings to replace money.... you never really avoid a beating, you just get less of them for being a nice guy.
0 0 [Posted by: Basard  | Date: 10/22/09 07:06:44 AM]
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There will be a hack to that too! I don't understand why such big companies even bother trying to limit some peoples creativity. I don't think the sales of the XBOX Stick Memory are so high that they would be loosing so much money just by letting people having their way .
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 10/22/09 02:47:51 PM]
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What if you bought a car from Ford and a few months later they sent out a notice that in a week your car will only run on Ford authorized gasoline, sold at Ford gas stations and oh, by the way, it's $10 a gallon.
0 0 [Posted by: MisterScott  | Date: 10/23/09 06:06:03 AM]
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