Product Type: Microsoft in Flash Memory
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Xbox 360 512 MB 8x Memory Unit
Member Name: hamm_sandwich
Xbox 360 512 MB 8x Memory Unit
Advantages: Extremely easy to use
Disadvantages: Being held over a barrel by Microsoft
I've been after one of these for some time now and after trawling the usual suspects online and on the high street my search was unsuccessful. After a little research on the internet I discovered that these memory cards had been discontinued by Microsoft. This was frustrating and also very surprising to me as an XBOX user for several years Microsoft have never held back with launching accessories that you might otherwise expect to have been in the box with your console in the first place.
I should explain why I was after one of these as every requesst for a memory card was met with a quick head shake followed by the suggestion that I should buy a hard drive from several sales assistants. Now, I have a (120gb) hard drive and I find that product very useful for downloading and storing my games as well as allowing game installs which slows down the propeller in my XBOX and stops it from wanting to take off.. What that product doesn't permit however is the easy transportation of game saves, profiles and Live Arcade games. This 360 memory unit allows for easy transportation of your gamer profile as well as your save data to a friend's console. This also keeps a record of aany achievements you've earned while you've been away from your XBOX which is great news for all gamerscwhores!
As sad as it may sound I live in a household with two XBOX 360s with my brother picking up his own machine last year so he could play those awful Cabella hunting games. Compared to me he's a light user and again compared to me rarely downloads any games and from time to time i'm keen to share what i've downloaded when a particularly staggering game gets released like Trials HD or Peggle, short of moving my XBOX around the house (something i'm reluctant to do after the reliability issues i've suffered) this hasn't been possible.
So it was to my great surprise and delight on one of my regular trips to Gamestation that they had a preowned Memory Unit in stock and the larger 512 mb one at that! To cap it all off, the memory card was only £9.99, the manager told me that a new one would have cost £34.99, a price i'd probably have paid before if i'd been able to find one!
I should also mention here that I am aware that even at £9.99 this is a hefty price to pay for such a small storage unit and I do understand that I could get a USB jump drive of a larger size for less but these are unfortunately not compatible with the 360 in spite of it having three USB ports. This is just Microsoft being Microsoft as far as I can tell after paying a similarly inflated price for a wireless network adaptor a couple of years ago.
So, in use, I was surprised and very happy with how easy it was to transport data between my hard disk drive and the memory unit. I simply brought up the 'My XBOX' section on the dashboard scrolled right to open up the memory option and upon opening an item in the hard drive I was given the option to 'copy' it to the memory unit. In this first outing to the card I transferred around a dozen Live Arcade games (these can now range wildly in size so newer games like Shadow Complex for example can't be moved in this way) as well as my gamer profile which first logs me out of my own console before transferring, this all took literally seconds. Compared to the half hour or so it can take to recover my gamertag through XBOX Live this was all so easy and at the other end, playing these games and loading my profile was as straightforward as you could hope it to be.
After my test session I went back to my own XBOX and was keen to see whether I could still use my profile on my console without returning my profile from the card. This was not possible and my whole profile was gone from the machine and had to be returned from the card before I could sign in again. This all makes perfect sense and isn't a disadvantage with the card but it does make me feel that this could be a little risky and made me wonder what would happen if I happened to lose the card or it got damaged.
Overall, the memory unit has been extremely useful for me and i'd strongly recommend it for anyone wishing to do something similar to what i've described but I wouldn't have it at the expense of a hard drive as they allow so much more storage and can be found for little cost these days, especially the 20gb ones which like the memory unit has now been discontinued.
Summary: Microsoft should really have given this away with every XBOX 360..
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