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Xbox One Has Its Own Slew of Launch-Day Failures

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Posted on November 22, 2013 AT 01:06pm

Not to be outdone by the PlayStation 4′s Blue Light of Death, the Xbox One is apparently suffering from its own set of day-one hardware problems.

The most commonly reported issue currently seems to be a malfunctioning optical drive, which renders the system unable to read any discs and causes a nasty grinding sound upon insertion. This video from YouTuber Bernhard Schüller shows one instance of the failure—though he’s far from alone. A quick search will turn up dozens of similar videos.

Other early adopters are reporting different, distinct issues with their Xbox Ones. This list from reddit user mos6142, lists a further six problems, though most of these—such as slower-than-usual game installs and permanent hangups during the boot process—are likely software problems that will be fixable without having to exchange the console itself.

It remains to be seen exactly how widespread all of these problems will prove to be. Though the PlayStation 4′s problems appeared to be fairly widespread on day one, Sony later reported that the failure rate was around 0.4%—a fairly low figure when it comes to electronics.

It’s important to realize that our perceptions may be skewed by the fact that these consoles are launching at a time when social media plays a bigger factor in our lives than ever before. Everyone whose console fails will immediately take to Twitter or YouTube to complain, but those who have smooth experiences will likely be happily and silently playing.

What about those of you who’ve already picked up an Xbox One? Have you encountered any issues with the console so far?

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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