According to the popular gaming news site Kotaku, about 150 XBox One users have reported problems with their new game consoles’ disc drives. The drives are scratching games and making a gut-wrenching grinding noise upon inserting a disc.
Like the PlayStation 4, the XBox One also sold over 1 million units on its first day. If approximately 150 of those one million users reported a hardware problem, that puts the failure rate for the XBox One at about 0.015% – an extremely small number. This is not nearly as bad as the “Red Ring of Death” problem which plagued the XBox 360, which is reported to have affected 27% to 54% of consoles at various points in time.
Still, for gamers who have been eagerly anticipating the XBox One since it was revealed in May, the issue is a big annoyance.
Customers who pre-ordered the Playstation 4 launch bundle began receiving their shiny new game consoles in the mail last week. But for hundreds of customers, their excitement quickly turned to rage upon finding out that the consoles were dead on arrival.
Over 800 customers have left 1-star reviews for the PS4 Launch Bundle on Amazon.com, stating that the $399 console did not work out of the box. The stories are all very similar: the customer opens the box, connects the power and HDMI cables, and gets nothing but a flashing blue light.
The year 2014 is just weeks away, and you know what that means! No, I’m not talking about champagne and New Year’s Resolutions – I’m talking about gadgets and technology. I’m talking about the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas!
So what kind of innovations can we expect to see at this year’s show? Here’s a sneak preview:
The world’s biggest technology trade show was still using paper badges up until last year. New for 2014, CES is going high tech with Near-Field Communication badges. Smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 have NFC capabilities. ALL badges must be picked up at the show as there will be no advance mailings.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the PlayStation 4, the first all-new game console from Sony since the PlayStation 3 came out seven years ago. If you are one of the millions of gamers with the PS4 at the top of your list, I’ve got good news for you: Christmas is comin’ early this year! That’s because the PS4 goes on sale in North America on Friday, November 15th.
But if you’re anticipating playing Call of Duty: Ghosts or one of the other exciting launch games, you’ll have to take care of two little things before you can jump into the gameplay.
Whether CD or DVD, the main purpose of a compact disc is to store large amounts of information. People often find ways to repurpose CDs for other projects such as DIY ornaments, craft spinners, CD mosaic artwork, and even CD jewel case projects and creative uses for cake boxes. Each of these projects uses a disc in a way that is completely different from its original purpose of storing data.
Now, a group of researchers at National Taiwan University have come up with a use for compact discs that trumps all of these ideas. They are going to use old CDs and DVDs to help treat wastewater!
Read more: Taiwanese Researchers Use Compact Discs to Treat Wastewater