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Microsoft has responded to yesterday's reports that the forthcoming firmware update could cause games to stop working, claiming the issue is related to a previous update instead.

The company had acknowledged reported problems, stating a "recent update" had prevented a small number of gamers from playing retail discs. Many customers were rubbing hands in anticipation at a free replacement should their console be affected by the update.

Sorry folks, it's probably not going to happen.

Quick to quash the reports was Xbox Live's Director of Programming, Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, who wrote on his blog:

"Clarification time! The console replacement plan that is the subject of some of today’s headlines is related to a previous update, NOT the system update that has been in public beta and will be deployed shortly.

"The new disc format that is part of the beta has been rigorously tested across all Xbox 360 models and there are no known compatibility issues."

The latest update - which ushers in added piracy protection and support for XGD3 - rolls out from today. ®

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