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Microsoft update will lock out unlicensed Xbox 360 storage devices

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Microsoft has made a new move today that will likely anger many current Xbox 360 users; locking out unlicensed storage devices that are not sold by the software giant. "When Preview Program members… Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Microsoft has made a new move today that will likely anger many current Xbox 360 users; locking out unlicensed storage devices that are not sold by the software giant.

"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," writes Xbox Live's Larry Hryb, via MajorNelson.

The new update is the one that adds Twitter, Facebook and Last.fm integration and was generally highly anticipated by the gaming community.

As an example of what is coming, the 512MB Microsoft Memory Unit sells for $30 USD while unlicensed storage devices such as the expandable (up to 16GB) 2GB Datel Memory Unit sells for $40 USD. You will now be forced to buy the lower capacity, much more expensive Microsoft drive if you want to have access to your gaming life.

"If youve moved your profile or saved games onto one to 'back it up,' youd better move it back onto an authorized Xbox 360 storage device prior to taking the update. If you continue to use an unauthorised memory unit after the update, you will not be able to access your stored profile or saved games," adds Hryb.

info from http://www.afterdawn.com
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
If they sold them at a genuine price people wouldn't mess about with making/buying their own unlicensed storage devices... MS are a complete rip off when it comes to accessories.
#2
Agreed the MS one's are a rip off but you can still use unofficial ones if I read it correctly, just not authorised ones which supposedly are easy to load hacks onto the 360.
#3
FYI: From ComputerAndVideoGames.com...
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Datel "disappointed" with 360 memory lock-out
Tuesday 20-Oct-2009 5:30 PM

MS preventing "customers from exercising their freedom of choice", Datel tells CVG

Third party peripheral firm Datel, who make a range of Max Memory storage units for Xbox 360, says it's "disappointed" with MS's decision to stop unofficial memory units working with the 360's upcoming dashboard update.

"We are following this issue and awaiting the outcome like everyone else," a Datel rep told CVG.

"If the Major Nelson blog is to be taken at face value then we're disappointed to see that Microsoft are taking these steps to prevent customers from exercising their freedom of choice.

"Everyone is looking for ways to make their cash go further at the moment and we believe that Max Memory offers a good value, high capacity, alternative to the official Memory Unit."
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(Mike Jackson computerandvideogames.com)

BFN,

fp.
#4
from what I read it's all 3rd party devices, and possiby modded HDD's
#5
dcx_badass
Just following what Sony did it really.


What are you referring to?

Thanks for your clarification.

BFN,

fp.
#6
dcx_badass
Sony locked out all fake controllers with the 3.0 update last month.


Ah... but not external hard drives.

For a moment there I thought I'd missed something.

Thanks.

BFN,

fp.
#7
Totally below the belt in all honesty, I'm stuck with a 20gig hdd as i refuse to pay MS the sort of money they command. I'd imagine this could push up the price of official products
#8
I was wondering if this is legally right? As you are not tampering with games console. it's external device. The solution is simple thou, don't download updates.
#9
leeparsons
I was wondering if this is legally right? As you are not tampering with games console. it's external device. The solution is simple thou, don't download updates.


From the LIVE terms of use:
"You agree that you are using only authorized software and hardware to access the Service"

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/legal/LiveTOU.htm

You agree to that when signing up for LIVE.
#10
Wonder if they'll block my mic as it's a 3rd party one:whistling: My hdmi lead is also non microsoft, I'm gonna be in trouble come oct 27rh
#11
Perhaps with the availability of the Super Elite (250Gb) console from this coming Friday, Microsoft are trying to reduce the user-base with smaller hard drives as they discontinue the lower specification consoles.

Hope their gamble pays off, and they don't lose those customers completely.

BFN,

fp.
#12
Paddy_o_furniture
Wonder if they'll block my mic as it's a 3rd party one:whistling: My hdmi lead is also non microsoft, I'm gonna be in trouble come oct 27rh


LOL I doubt it.


fanpages


Hope their gamble pays off, and they don't lose those customers completely.

fp.

They´re gonna be just fine. Seriously, what gamer has no HDD anyway?
#13
TanyaSpace
They´re gonna be just fine. Seriously, what gamer has no HDD anyway?


A Wii console gamer or a handheld gamer without a memory card.

Ensuring everybody has at least a minimum capacity for their storage device means that game developers do not have to test across multiple platform specifications.

BFN,

fp.
#14
2 of my brothers have the arcade with no HDD, they only play FIFA so have no need for it. I wanna upgrade fro my 20gig drive to a 60 but refuse to pay the money.
#15
fanpages
A Wii console gamer or a handheld gamer without a memory card.

Ensuring everybody has at least a minimum capacity for their storage device means that game developers do not have to test across multiple platform specifications.

BFN,

fp.


That´s the minority though. Very very few people have no hdd or even no MU for their 360.
#16
I do wish Microsoft would change their policy on accessories as they are all vastly overpriced which looks particularly poor when the PS3 has onboard wireless, has a user changeable HD and supports standard FAT32 mass storage devices. It's a shame they're still going in the wrong direction.

John
#17
TanyaSpace
That´s the minority though. Very very few people have no hdd or even no MU for their 360.


Percentages?
#18
Paddy_o_furniture
2 of my brothers have the arcade with no HDD, they only play FIFA so have no need for it. I wanna upgrade fro my 20gig drive to a 60 but refuse to pay the money.


True dat. :thumbsup:
#19
PS. FYI:

"Ballmer Talks Natal, Says Blu-ray Add-On for Xbox Coming"
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In the first segment of our exclusive Steve Ballmer interview series, the Microsoft CEO and I talk about Natal, the blurring of console generations, and the surprising assertion that "you'll be able to get" Blu-ray add-on drives for Xbox 360.

When I asked Ballmer about adding Blu-ray to the Xbox, he said:

Well I don't know if we need to put Blu-ray in there—you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories.



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BFN,

fp.

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