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iPods as Memory Devices

As I was reading the Nintendo Revolution FAQ at today, one thought kept occurring to me: why not offer a Firewire port as a connector? Gamers could plug in their iPods (or, at least, a portable FW drive), play music from their own selection(s), and store all of their game saves, etc. in a "Games" folder. My iPod goes everywhere with me, after all.

I've long, long hated the "non-portability" of game save files, long hated the fact that certain games take up a whole card (or more!), and pretty much despised being bent over every time I had to shell out $20 for a memory card.

I think there's substance in this idea. Perhaps not much, but a little at least.

5 Responses to "iPods as Memory Devices"

  1. What about making the saved game data available through the units ethernet port? No where near as elegant as what you are saying, but still another option for accessing the data when playing on another unit that is networked. Or maybe they already have this and I'm clueless.

  2. For a gamer yea, this idea makes great sense, but companies make a fair amount of money from the markup of the memory sticks that you store your games on. I don't see it happening unfortunately.

  3. With a little modification you can use just about any standard USB 1.1 (and probably 2.0) flash drive with an Xbox.

  4. Remembering my days at the arcade on a Neo Geo machine and there memory card option. I have always wanted arcades to allow you to use those USB keychains. Or consoles not have proprietary (not sure if that's the right word) memory options but also use those dongles.

  5. There has been a lot of speculation that the next version of the Xbox is going to work exactly this way, with MS's iPod competitor.