Latest Xbox 360 Update Causes Some Disc Drives to Break

Microsoft will be replacing any unit that breaks as a result of the new firmware.

Microsoft has confirmed to Eurogamer that their console’s latest firmware update doesn’t play nice with all systems. The newest firmware update causes an issue with certain 360 models that makes their disc drives fail. Microsoft plans to replace affected units free-of-charge.

“Following a recent update to our system software, we have become aware of an issue that is preventing a very small number of Xbox 360 owners from playing retail game discs,” Microsoft said. “This issue manifests itself a as a unique ‘disc unreadable’ or ‘disc unsupported’ error on the screen. We are also able to detect this issue over Xbox Live and are proactively reaching out to customers that may be impacted to replace their console.”

They are directing European gamers to head on over to, so that they can “verify if the console has been impacted.” No directive has been issued for North American Xbox owners at this time; but, if you have an issue, you should probably touch base with customer support yourself. The purpose of the update is to increase disc storage space by 1GB.

With Microsoft’s consoles breaking again, and Sony’s network users’ information compromised again, gamers have to be asking themselves: “What’s next?” Will Wiis spontaneously explode? Are 3DSs going to start turning the tables and touching their users? Has Skynet really become self-aware? We’ll have to wait for the next Terminator sequel hardware-manufacturer update to know for sure.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
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