Here's industry observer Matt Peckham's strategy: "Figure out how to live at or under 32GB with a pair of cheap 16GB memory sticks. I'm through paying boutique prices for average, ordinary merchandise."
He's talking about Microsoft (News - Alert) adding USB storage support to the Xbox 360, which is live now: "All you need to do is log into Xbox LIVE, pull down the latest update, and presto, you can dump data from your 360 to any external drive or memory key. Well, almost any. "
Because, as Peckham found out, it's not what it seems to be at first blush. "Your storage device has to exceed 1GB to be recognized, for starters. That's a shame, since the best reason to pair an external storage device with the 360 is probably to manage game saves and miscellaneous dashboard bling, which aggregate well under 1GB."
You're also limited to a maximum of 16GB per storage device, Peckham notes, wondering why that would be the case, unless . "Microsoft doesn't want you getting better than they're planning to give by way of third-party peripheral sweetheart deals."
And wouldn't you know, what a coincidence: "It just so happens Microsoft's partnered with SanDisk (News - Alert) to sell official 8GB and 16GB USB sticks, priced at $40 and $70 respectively." Which is an awful lot for memory sticks, friends, but it's either that or partion drives to support disparate file systems.