Unlimited Storage System for the Xbox 360 and PS3 Now for Pre-order
After making waves at CES 2010 for its promise to provide a virtually endless supply of data storage to game consoles, Infinitec’s Infinite USB Memory Drive (IUM) fell off the radar as the company finalized their manufacturing and distribution plans. Now, several months later, the Dubai-based company has announced that the IUM’s time has finally arrived, and starting today consumers can pre-order the system on their official website, with orders expected to ship on August 31.
If you’re only just now hearing about the IUM, it is essentially a wireless data streaming system that allows users to connect their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 to a computer and access and store information on its built-in hard drive or to a connected external storage system. The IUM looks just like a standard USB flash drive, but instead of built-in storage, it features a wireless chip that allows it to connect directly to a paired computer using a dedicated wireless network, which then streams data and media to and from your PC.
Since the system uses a dedicated Wi-Fi connection generated by the IUM, what happens if you want to browse the web on your computer at the same time? Well, the IUM actually uses dual Wi-Fi technology to essentially configure your PC to connect to two networks – the IUM network and your home network – at once.
While wireless data storage and media streaming for game consoles is just one application for the IUM, there are a wide variety of other uses as well. Since it is identified as a typical USB flash drive and pairing and configuration takes place entirely on your PC, the system can stream media and provide storage for with anything from Blu-ray players to HDTVs to stereo systems. The IUM is also compatible with all major computer platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The Infinite USB Memory Drive is available for pre-order on Infinitec’s official website for $129.99.