Xbox Update to Make Unauthorized Storage Defunct

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Major Nelson is telling us that any unauthorized data storage devices will be made defunct by the next Xbox LIVE update. On the Major Nelson blog he said:

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.

What are authorized devices? There’s less than a handful:

Xbox 360 Hard Drive (120 GB)

Manufacturer: Microsoft

Category: Accessories

Console: Xbox 360

Release Date: 4/29/2007

Price: $149.99

Xbox 360 Memory Unit (512 MB)


Category: Storage

Console: Xbox 360

Release Date: 4/3/2007

Price: $29.99

Xbox LIVE 60GB Starter Pack

Manufacturer: Microsoft

Category: Accessories

Console: Xbox 360

Release Date: 11/4/2008

Price: $99.99

Yes that’s it. So if you’re using something else to store your profiles you might want to move them on to your hard drive or Xbox 360 memory card before you get the next update as you might not be able to use that profile afterwards.

Xbox LIVE users are less-than-thrilled with this. Considering that the prices Microsoft charges for their ’authorized’ storage units rival prices of storage options 10x it any wonder? The price of that 120GB (above) is $149.99 at NewEgg that gets you an iomega UltraMax 1TB 3.5" USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / IEEE 1394b / eSATA External Hard Drive

Now there are 250GB hard drives on the way from Microsoft, but unless they’re priced right they won’t sell extremely well, will they? I’m curious what the price point will be on a 250GB ’authorized’ version will be.

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