New 360 Firmware May Break Your Console
Microsoft’s Spring Dashboard Update for the XBox 360 is supposed to start rolling out tomorrow, and it looks like there’s a little problem with the new software: It’s breaking some consoles.
According to Eurogamer, Microsoft has confirmed the issue. The company says,
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. 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.
That’s right, if your 360 is affected by this issue Microsoft will provide you with a shiny new 360 Slim with a 250GB hard drive. Don’t think that you can fake this one, as it’s mentioned in the above quote that they can detect the issue over XBox Live. Joystiq is speculating that the new updates have compatibility issues with certain DVD hardware that’s been included in some models of the console.
This update is supposedly to enable support for the new 360 disc format, and will also enable PayPal support on the console.
This almost feels like a lottery for those of us who have old versions of the 360 that haven’t manifested the RROD yet. As we wait for the update tomorrow, it almost feels like we’re standing at the craps table, dice in hand. Daddy needs a new pair of shoes.