The truly regrettable news that the Xbox One’s launch has been marred by faulty disc drives has been officially acknowledged by Microsoft, who helpfully assures the public that it only affects a “very small” number of buyers.
The console sold over a million units, and amazingly some proved faulty:
“The issue is affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers.
We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program.”
Sony also admitted to its own PS4 problems, blaming them on “shipping damage” affecting “less than 1%” of consoles sold:
“This leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of PS4 units.
We also understand that some units were reportedly damaged during shipping.”
There has been suspicion that failure rates for both consoles are reasonable and simply being made much of by crowing YouTube videos – although how long these notoriously unreliable first iteration consoles last is likely to exercise some concern in future months.