The Xbox 360 will get a small firmware update on April 6th. The new feature will be to use a USB flash drive as a memory card for the Xbox 360 to storing profiles, game saves and demos. How ever, there are some limitations. Only up to 16GB of the flash drive will be allocated for the 360 and you can only two USB devices assosiated with one Xbox 360.
The original Memory Unit will probably be faced out. They where expencive compared to the cost/space of a flash drive.
A quote from MajorNelson.com:
We’ve also enhanced the memory management functions, so you’ll be able to have better control on what you want to copy or move between storage devices.
A couple of points:
- 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.)
Microsoft have also partnered with SanDisk to release a Xbox 360 branded flash drive, but I guess that it will cost much more than a regular flash drive that work just fine.
Pictures bellow is taken from Major Nelson’s Flickr.