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Xbox360 update is here – USB storage at last!

Xbox 360 users can now load games or videos through USB flash drives.

Today, at some point, as promised by Microsoft all Xbox 360 owners will be asked to update to the latest firmware via Xbox Live.  Then, once the update has completed you will be able to plug USB memory sticks into your slots – at long last!!!  

This means that you can save all your games, profiles and anything else you like, without having to carry around a HDD with you.  The only things users will not be able to load are original Xbox games or MP3/WMA music files.

SanDisk is already taking orders for a pre-configured Xbox 360 branded flash drive, which will include the update, according to the company’s site.   However, once the update has been done, simply make use of those spare USB sticks that you have lying around!   Just make sure they’re over 1Gb in size up to a maximum of 16Gb….  so forget that 500Gb drive you were going to use!

Enjoy all Xbox 360 fans!

Sony to drop Linux support for PS3

Any owners of a Playstation 3 will be prevented from being able to use the “install other OS” option following the latest firmware update for the console this week.

The new update is due to arrive on Thursday 1st April, but Sony bosses have said (via the PS Europe Blog) that this is not an elaborate hoax or an April Fools Day joke!

Sony says the move is due to nebulous “security concerns”, although we’re not convinced that all PS3 owners who have been running Linux quite happily, and for some time now on their consoles, will be pleased with the decision.

There is always the option to disregard the updates of course, but that means that you won’t be able to access the PlayStation Network or play games on-line. 

via PS Blog Europe

Xbox 360 to get USB storage support

On April 6th, Xbox 360 owners will be able to use USB storage devices on their consoles, so thus increasing their total amount of memory.   Supporting 16GB USB devices, you’ll be able to plug two units into your console and get an extra 32GBs of total storage for your 360.

With quite a lot of 360 owners now running low on storage (especially those who refuse to upgrade to a bigger HDD) this is excellent news, since you can increase your storage space via USB and the cost difference compared to a Microsoft 360 HDD is huge!

It’s even better news for those who use Xbox 360 Arcades – you’ll now have much more space to save your games!

Microsoft stated: “You can have 2 USB flash drive devices connected to the console at a time, (up to 16GB each) enabling up to 32GB of simultaneous storage”

So, if you have a USB disk drive simply lying around the house, you’ll soon be able to put it to good use on your Xbox!

Roll on April 6th!

Nintendo DSi XL coming soon….

Since the release of the first DS back in 2005, Nintendo have sold more than 100 million handheld games consoles worldwide.  And now they’re back with a bigger and better version, the Nintendo DSi XL.

With a choice of three colours, Dark Brown, Wine Red and Natural White, the XL will still incorporate all the features of the DSi, including dual screens, however the screens will be 93% larger than that of the current DS, at 4.2 inches across.  The XL will also feature a wider viewing angle (which Nintendo say will create better social gaming), built-in games and a pen stylus which is easier to hold than previous models.

The battery life is expected to last slightly longer than the DSi, at around 16 hours and, it’s also slightly heavier, weighing in at 314g.

Release dates for the XL are still a little vague, but they’re expected to hit the shelves in the U.K. around March 5th, with the U.S. following suit a few days after.  The cost for an XL will be slightly more than a DSi, at around £150 ($230) but sites such as Amazon are offering a pre-order service allowing you to get your hands on one as soon as they’re released, plus they’re offering a discount if you order now.

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