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We’ve previously complained about Microsoft’s tendency to charge stupid sums for their Xbox 360 accessories, although after their recent announcement of the more fairly-priced new hard drives we though that the era of wallet assault was over. However, despite a temporary attack of kind-heartedness, Gates’ mob have retunred to their nefarious ways, charging as much as $70 (£46) for their first-party USB memory sticks in the USA.

They’re charging us mug punters the bottom-puckering price for a measly 16GB flash drive, while for the 8GB ones you have the privilege of paying $40 (£26), which is extortionate by any measure. As yet we don’t think Microsoft are going to be blocking third-party USB drives, which begs the question: why on earth would anyone buy an official one?

Certainly their previous statement didn’t make any mention of blocking third-party devices: ‘once you take the system update on April 6th, you'll be able to connect your USB flash drives to your console and head over to the memory section to configure your new storage device,’ it said. Curious, no? We’ll keep you updated.

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