Published on May 18th, 2011 | by Ken Yarbrough, Editor
New 360 Update to Brick Some Consoles? *UPDATED*
Starting tomorow, 5-19-11, Microsoft will begin rolling out their new dashboard update. The rollout will continue through 5-30-11.
While most users will notice nothing different, this update is meant to introduce support for the new XGD3 disc format. The new format will allow for greater storage space on discs.
Unfortunately, it will also make some 360’s unable to play this new disc format, in essence, bricking their 360’s. Microsoft is, however, offering to replace the affected consoles with the newer S models. Microsoft is proactively using Xbox Live to determine the consoles that will be affected negatively. They have been sending out emails to affected users.
Users with affected consoles may get a “disc unreadable” or “disc unspported” error. If your console is affected, users are being advised to go to www.xbox.com/support/contact for resolution.
According to Xbox Live’s Larry Hyrb (Major Nelson):
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.
Hope that clears a few things up.
Well, there you have it. Looks like the new update is harmless after all.