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Xbox 360 transfer woes…

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I admit I am quite the gamer, I have every modern gaming system including a DS Lite. I have had an Xbox 360 since the very day it came out (I even had to buy it on eBay like a good sheep, baaaa). Although mostly useless, with the upgraded “Xbox experience” Microsoft is now allowing gamers to install their games onto their Xbox 360 (possibly to encourage sales of the 120GB HD toting Elite system). As I installed Fallout 3 onto my system and saw the final drop of my disk space dwindle, I decided it was time for an upgrade.

Now, as many of you may know (if you’ve ever read my banter) I am somewhat practical. So spending $400 to simply achieve the simple goal of having more disk space would be, somewhat un-like me. If you read my article about the Best Buy Geek Squad (and my new home theater installation) You can imagine how annoyed I am that my Xbox 360 is currently connected by a measly component video cable and is incapable of delivering full resolution (1080P) output to my delicious new display.

So, to recap $400 for additional hard disk space AND an HDMI port, now that’s more like it! So maybe I am not that practical after all. I suppose there is also a slim chance that my 360 won’t sound like a jet engine taking off anytime I am trying to play a game, or that it will use slightly less power (and of course the Elite comes with a Black controller, and for some reason I find myself collecting the controllers I have the Halo 3 one, the Red/Black “Gears of War II” one, the Blue one, etc etc).

So why, then with all of this gaming goodness at my fingertips am I sitting here writing this tripe? Because, the Xbox 360 Elite is still in it’s box and the sheer amount of grunt work you have to go through to transfer your data from one system to the other is staggering.

Lets examine the process. First, you need a cable and software which you can only get via two places. A) For Free From Microsoft by mailing or Faxing a form or B) By buying a $149 hard drive. This in itself is probably the most silly limitation. The Xbox 360 is a network connected device. One could simply connect one Xbox 360 to the via other via Ethernet (or USB, since Microsoft appears to love USB so much) and use the dashboard to do the transfer.

Assuming you are patient enough to wait for them to send you the free cable (which is totally superfluous, really) you will then be treated to the task of dismantling your new Elite so that you can connect the new disk to your old console and then connecting your old hard disk to the rear USB connector. At this point, if you were silly enough to actually use your $400 Xbox 360 Elite (while waiting 10 days for them to send you the free cable) everything on your Elite is deleted and the data from the old 360 is copied to the new 360).

At this point, the hundreds of songs you purchased for Rock Band and Guitar Hero as well as all of the level packs, and any other licensed content you purchased must re-licensed and re-downloaded. Yes, one by one and manually. This brings up the question, who thought this was a better idea than simply doing a system to system copy over the network?

I realize that they needed a solution that would work for any situation and that most people are going to upgrade their hard drive rather than their entire system but surely someone at Microsoft has to see the pure insanity in this design.

My point here is really that even if you are just upgrading your disk there is a better way than the current method. Why wouldn’t they simply just include the transfer cable with all drive kits why only the 120GB? Why make the people who have a 20GB who only need to upgrade to a 60GB wait what is an eternity in 2009 to use a product they’ve already paid for?

My solution for doing a 360 transfer would similar to this:

Ethernet or USB cable between the two machines, boot the target machine up put it in ‘target mode’ boot the sender machine up go into the settings and hit the transfer option, it auto discovers the machine sitting in target mode, it copies everything over and then puts the sender machine back to factory default settings. Problem solved.

Oh if I ruled the world.