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Thursday, 19 May 2011 08:54

Problems for new 360 XGD3 disc format

Written by David Stellmack


Microsoft moves to replace problem consoles for free
Microsoft has apparently identified that some older Xbox 360 units are incompatible with the latest update that the company is pushing out. According to our sources, the issue is with the DVD-ROM drive used in some units; because Microsoft used a number of different drives over the years, it really isn’t surprising that some drives cannot be firmware updated to support the new XGD3 disc format.

According to industry sources, the new XGD3 disc format serves two actual purposes, the first of which is that it modifies the structure of the disc itself so that developers have almost 1GB of extra storage space per disc; and secondly, the new XGD3 format introduces a number of new anti-piracy security measures to prevent the copying of game discs. Developers that we have spoken with who have knowledge of the new XGD3 format claim that Microsoft has put significant work into improving their copy protection and will be working with studios to take it even farther.
As part of the latest update, Microsoft is flashing new firmware into the actual DVD-ROM drive. This means if you get the update and you have some other firmware flashed into your DVD-ROM drive, Microsoft is going to automatically re-flash the drive back to the latest revision of the new factory firmware.

Microsoft has identified consoles that contain DVD-ROM drives that are not compatible and Microsoft is offering to upgrade those users to an Xbox 360s with a 250GB hard drive. Of course, you will have to go through the process of filling out the online form and requesting the replacement unit; but there is no cost involved, and once you return your old console to Microsoft they will even give you one year of Xbox Live for free as part of the deal.

Since no games that we know of are currently out using the XGD3 format, this is really not an issue today. However, our sources tell us that Microsoft will be moving to the format soon and that is why they are contacting users of incompatible consoles to make sure that they get upgraded. It is actually nice to see Microsoft being pro-active and trying to get out in front of this issue. For most users, being able to upgrade to a 250GB slim console for free is actually a great thing; and best of all, it is free.


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-4 #1 Boomstick777 2011-05-19 13:18
I think this a good move by Microsoft and I hope it stops piracy in time for Gears of War 3 and Skyrim becausce those games deserve the sales! Only skanky pirates will be effected by Microsoft's new anti piracy disc's so those will be bitching about the new disc update. Ah well pay for your games and stop thinking you have a right to get it for free, pikey's! :-D

"Microsoft moves to replace problem consoles for free"

Got to love Micorsoft's customer support, Sony wouldn't dream of offering anything like that..
 
 
0 #2 yourma2000 2011-05-19 16:26
I can't see Microsoft replacing all of the old xbox units for a firmware update, maybe they just meant the disc drives
 
 
+1 #3 Boomstick777 2011-05-19 17:12
Quoting yourma2000:
I can't see Microsoft replacing all of the old xbox units for a firmware update, maybe they just meant the disc drives


Yeah whatever they do to make older systems compatible its still great customer support.

Remember its the skanky pirates have forced them to change there anti piracy techniques. The fact that they are willing to do this and make older systems compatible or replace them is great customer support..
 
 
+3 #4 thedukey3 2011-05-19 19:11
Quoting yourma2000:
I can't see Microsoft replacing all of the old xbox units for a firmware update, maybe they just meant the disc drives


they will be replacing all units, not just replacing the disk drives. they also said its not a really wide spread thing, so not many users will have this issue. most users with older units will be hoping they do though!

ive read it has something to do with having a lite-on drive, which is what my 60gb xbox 360 has, so im just waiting for the update to be pushed my way so i can test! would be nice to get a new one and a year of live!
 
 
+1 #5 The blue fox 2011-05-19 21:42
Sweet i have an older 360 from around launch day. maybe i will get a new xbox.
 

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