Microsoft is planning to roll out an update for the Xbox 360 tomorrow that may negatively affect a small percentage of their user base. The new mandatory firmware update is meant to prep the Xbox 360 for the new disc format that Microsoft has patented for upcoming releases. This new DVD disc format allows for an extra gig of storage per disc. However, some beta testers who have already applied the new update are reporting that they are now getting disc read errors with their 360 consoles.
The problem has been verified by Microsoft Support, who have issued a statement saying that a small percentage of the 360 install base will be experiencing “disc unreadable” or “disc unsupported” errors. The issue seems to be limited to owners of older Xbox 360 models.
But there is good news. Microsoft is reportedly planning to compensate people who have 360s that no longer read discs after the update is applied. Because, let’s be serious, the system becomes pretty useless if you can’t play the games meant for it. If you find yourself in this predicament, you’ll need to contact Microsoft support, who will ship out to you a brand-new 250GB Xbox 360 Slim and a year of Xbox Live for free. This sounds like a pretty sweet deal.