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Updated Xbox 360 disc format may not work in older consoles

By Jos · 14 replies
May 18, 2011
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  1. Update: Microsoft just sent us an email to clear up that the disc read issue is tied to a change in the disc reading algorithms in a previous software update…

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  2. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Does this mean I'll be able to get a brand new XBox for my original which is still running ... cool.
  3. Thats very nice of Mike Rowe Soft to swap out consoles to those affected. They are used to that though mind. Must have a truckload of extra consoles at the ready.

    Not sure a whole gb of data is worth the effort. Did they miss the bit where bluray kicked hddvd's ***. If they hadnt of been money grubbing and put the hddvd players in the consoles maybe they would of stood a chance. £150 i think they initially hit uk shelves at, external hd dvd player for the xbox 360 which put it in the price range as the PS3 and thats why Sony won that one.

    Seriously 1GB.... the hell is the point in that
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,031   +787

    1GB i'd say is a fair sizeable amount to reclaim, luckily I have the very latest xbox 250gb so i should be fine. wished i'd kept hold of an old one now though! :) does this mean we will see games get longer, bigger and graphically better in the future? damn this generation of consoles are taking a long time to lapse to the next gen :)
  5. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Guru Posts: 524   +40

    Man do I hope mine fails...But I have an Jasper Elite so I think my chances are lower :/
  6. I have a feeling people are going to try and exploit the situation. Lots of us have broek xbox's that look like they are in working condition from the out side. People will try and send those in to get a newer one. As a matter of fact, I may try that. If it doesn't work, at least the broken xbox is out of my hair.
  7. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Guru Posts: 524   +40

    Ask a developer that question. I'm willing to bet they will appreciate the extra GB of space. You do realize that xbox 360 comes with just a dvd player built in right? And this has NOTHING to do with hd dvd, and they never intended on using hd dvd for their games...the reasons for not going with blu ray are obvious. At the time, blu ray had a much higher cost, which is why ps3 had such a higher launch price. MS wanted to lower the cost of hardware. Also, they would have to pay Sony for the use of blu ray. It would be stupid to even think of switching to a new format that would leave all previous xboxs behind if they did switch to blu ray. This is the best solution for MS in this generation of consoles.
  8. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Way to be proactive Microsoft, curious to know how many older units are affected by this firmware update though.

    Guess if you haven't received an e-mail you will find out over the next few days if your system still works fine. I personally have an older 360 myself but not the original, wonder if those will run fine after the update.

    Wouldn't surprise me, a free upgrade to a better console plus a free year subscription is a pretty good deal.
  9. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    It is going to matter what DVD drive you have in your xbox. Since the update will be flashing the firmware on your DVD drive to read the new disc format.

    I have a feeling it won't be that easy to game the system since you will need to register your xbox to your account. Its not going to be call CS and tell them your xbox doesn't work. However if you have an OG 360 that doesn't work it might be possible to get a new box.

    While sony is getting hack repeatedly MS is giving away free xboxs, interesting. I am an xbox fanboy so take it for what its worth.
  10. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

    @Jose might want to add a picture of the email to the story, link http://media.kotaku.com.au/wp//2011/05/xbox.png

    After finding the email, it states that you have to send in your old xbox and they give you a new one.
    I wouldn't be surprised to at some point see them reselling these older xboxs at a super discount. Since they could flash them at the factory.
  11. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 826   +32

    If Microsoft had any sense, this is exactly what they would do. Think about how much money they are losing by replacing consoles and paying for the shipping. They can at least make a fraction of that back by re-selling the old systems at a discounted price. So while they are losing money, at least it won't be as much as if they had just chunked the systems in the trash.
  12. BrianUMR

    BrianUMR TS Rookie Posts: 44

  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I guess it was a good idea that I traded my older Pro model for a new Slim 4gb unit. Especially since it only cost me $30.
  14. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +104

    Sounds like a lot of interesting news.. I've got a pretty old console which is no doubt one of those old ones. People can say what they want, but I have literally a 1.5GB HD on my 360. This was a "replacement" console from Microsoft a few years ago, so I'm unsure if that's actually one of the affected or not.

    Never replaced it or really used it, since most of the time I've been unable to use much. Limited distance between internet + 360 and no wifi support clearly, making it's online usage very sparse.
  15. If Microsoft wants for strategic reasons keep the position of the second power console why don’t make a new console right now?

    A console with 22 nm chips (12 core cpu, graphics, physics), hd dvd drive, kinect, network adapter with small cpu and memory (for low latency), etc I think it will give and a great boost to pc games too.

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