Microsoft is rumoured to be preparing to bring USB storage support to the Xbox 360, according to Joystiq
, possibly replacing the prohibitively expensive Xbox HDDs that are currently used for storing game saves and downloadable content.
"Increased market penetration of high-capacity, high throughput USB mass storage devices
" led to the implementation, according to Joystiq.
The news comes from some official documentation obtained by the blog, authored by a Microsoft software engineer who states that support will be in place ready for a Spring 2010 rollout.
The documentation also hints that, since USB storage devices may be much larger than the current range of Microsoft HDDs, it may be possible in the future to install full disc-based games onto USB devices. Either way, the Xbox 360 will have an in-built limit of two external storage devices.
Microsoft has yet to offer any official comment on the leaked documentation.
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