Following on from the release of the PlayStation 4 last Friday, the Xbox One has today finally made its eagerly anticipated launch. But as fans of the Microsoft console flock to collect the next-gen Microsoft machine, reports are emerging of issues related to the device’s disc drive.
It’s often the case that new tech product releases are hindered by teething issues, but with Sony having appeared to have survived an early scare regarding its pre-release consoles, it would seem as though quite a few gamers are already experiencing issues with their new purchase.
Various gaming forums have been inundated with comments suggesting that the console makes clicking / grinding noises shortly after a disc has been inserted, and after several seconds, ejects the disc. Often, these kinds of things do occur with old / unreadable or scratched discs, but considering most, if not all of those with complaints are talking about attempting to play brand-new Xbox One titles, this does seem a fairly worrying development.
Videos have already begun cropping up on YouTube of users encountering this glitch, and although, at such an early stage, it’s hard to gauge exactly how many people have been affected, Microsoft will certainly be investigating the reports of hardware malfunction.
In the run-up to the PlayStation 4’s release, numerous reports of pre-release and early retail consoles experiencing hardware issues threatened to hinder the release of Sony’s new next-gen console, but a week in, things look to have gone fairly smoothly.
With many millions of consoles having been made in anticipation for the holiday rush, defective product is something of a formality, and provided the number of consumers affected remains in the tens / hundreds rather than boiling over to the thousands, hopefully it won’t become a widespread issue affecting a wider portion of the gaming community.
After the famous Ring of Death issue that greatly affected early adopters of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, the last thing the Redmond requires right now is another epic fail, particularly given that the PlayStation 4 already has the perceived advantage of being the much cheaper and notably more powerful option of these two titans.
We’ll keep you posted on this and any other Xbox One issue, and in the meantime, keep our fingers crossed that this is nothing more than your standard spate of defective launch units.
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