By Vamien McKalin | Nov 11, 2012 02:17 PM EST
Back in 2010, Microsoft released an update for the Xbox 360 that allowed gamers to connect USB external hard drives to their beloved console. However, the company limited the size of these drives to 16GB. Not a very forward thinking move, but this is Microsoft and I guess forward thinking is not a huge trait in the company's DNA.
The option for adding additional storage via USB was welcomed with open arms by gamers, but not with the meager 16GB limit. In no time, many gamers had to purchase multiple 16GB USB pen drives to hold their content, which can be a pain because switching pen drives on a regular basis is not intuitive.
Luckily for gamers, Microsoft listened to their pleas and bumped the limit to 32GB in the recent update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard. This new feature flew silently under the radar and Microsoft didn't mention it was there. So consider this find an Easter Egg.
"Yes. The more our customers use their profile and download digital content, the larger the file size necessary to store that content and move it between consoles gets. Therefore we increased the size of the memory to enable our customers to take more of their Xbox profile with them on the go." According to a Microsoft employee who spoke with JoyStiq.
Gamers would prefer if Microsoft would lift the limit imposed on external hard drives, as they are less expensive that Microsoft's own proprietary hard drive that goes inside the Xbox 360. No doubt this limit is to get gamers to purchase Microsoft hard drives if they want to use hundreds of gigabytes of space. If Sony and Nintendo are able to do it with the PlayStation 3 and Wii U, there is no reason why Microsoft cannot.
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