Feeds

Microsoft: SORRY for the BORKED Xbox One disc drives, here's a free game

Download and play while you wait for fixed gear to show up

Security for virtualized datacentres

Microsoft is offering a free game download to players whose new Xbox One consoles suffering from broken disc drives.

The tech titan said users waiting for a working replacement system to arrive will be able to download one of the company's branded titles to the broken console to keep them busy while awaiting the swap.

"While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game," the company said in a statement to El Reg.

"We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios."

The Windows giant admitted a number of the new Xbox One units have been found to have faulty optical disc drive hardware. Users have reported that the drives have made clicking or crunching sounds when attempting to read inserted game discs.

While the disc issue was the most widely reported defect in the fresh-off-the-assembly-lines Xbox Ones, some folks reported other problems including HDMI connection issues and a lingering "green screen of death" condition.

Sony fanbois should refrain from being too smug about Microsoft's launch woes. The competing PlayStation 4 has suffered its own hardware problems as a small number of consoles simply give up and flash a blue status light to indicate a fatal fault.

Microsoft reported strong sales of the first crop of Xbox One units, shifting some 150,000 units in the UK alone over the first weekend on sale. Overall, however, the new console has yet to enter the market in force, lagging behind the last-generation Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles in sales. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate
Belay that toil, me hearty, and park your scurvy backside
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.