Microsoft Blocks Unauthorized XBox 360 Storage Devices

235w ago - Update: According to, Datel has now filed an antitrust lawsuit in San Francisco federal court against Microsoft over their incompatible Max Memory cards.

Today Microsoft's Major Nelson has warned that next week's XBox 360 update will see the blocking of unauthorized storage devices such as the XBox 360 Memory Unit 512MB or XBox 360 Max Memory Card 2GB.

To quote: 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.

If you've moved your profile or saved games onto one to "back it up," you'd better move it back onto an authorized Xbox 360 storage device prior to taking the update.

If you continue to use an unauthorized Memory Unit after the update, you will not be able to access your stored profile or saved games.

If you need help identifying officially licensed Xbox 360 storage devices or accessories you can read more about the licensed accessories program on

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CyanCaze's Avatar
#6 - CyanCaze - 235w ago
I though Sony didn't mean to block out the unlicensed stuff though boss? Only thing that pisses me off about this is M$ charges $29.99 for one 512 MB memory card! That is total BS!

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#5 - vfxraven19 - 235w ago
That's pretty effed up, I have several official M$ 512MB memory cards for my 360.

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#4 - Xannadu - 235w ago
That's insane. Block something because they aren't getting the money for it. This sort of thing ends up as a shot in your own foot in the end.

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#3 - semitope - 235w ago
unlicensed controllers in my opinion should be block so no argument with them on that.

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#2 - PS3 News - 235w ago
It sounds a lot to me like what Sony did with the Firmware update to block out unlicensed game controllers.

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