New Xbox 360 Packs a Mean Bite, Will Chew Your Discs if Moved

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Word to the wise - if plan on picking up Microsoft's new slimmed down (and sleek looking) Xbox 360 console, be sure not to move the console while playing, loading, or otherwise spinning a game disc. If you do, it could very well be the last time that game disc will load.

Of course, you don't need to take our word for it, or even Microsoft's, who put a warning label on one of the new Xbox 360 consoles at E3. You could instead find out the hard way, as's Nick Chester did when he innocently lifted the console while it was loading an Alan Wake game. The deed was caught on video, and you can clearly hear the grinding sound as soon as he lifts it up. After ejecting the disc to assess the damage, it was clear that Alan Wake had woken up for the last time.

Looks nasty, doesn't it? If you pick up one of these new consoles, don't say you haven't been warned.

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Chainzsaw replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 10:47 AM

That's why you don't move electronics when they are on, especially one with a DVD drive and a HDD.

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Super Dave replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 12:20 PM


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Inspector replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 12:34 PM

HA! :P, but from some videos i saw on Youtube the system it self is very unstable. with even a touch it will wobble :), not sure if it is enough to scratch the disk or not though :)

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That guy was a complete idiot.

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Epic Fail?

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 5:04 PM

There were warning labels all over the console so I guess the guy is an idiot. Epic Fail to him.


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M-ManLA replied on Sat, Jun 19 2010 5:33 AM

That sucks. Man if a earthquake was to happen that would be bad new.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jun 19 2010 4:09 PM

That guys an idiot? Really? For expecting the console not to trash the disc if moved? My car plays compact discs and DVD movies all the time, and doesn't ruin them even if I hit a pothole, why should this console trash them from being tilted?

My PS3 doesn't do that, and I've never seen the Wii do that to a disc, even when my kids kicked it over (which they've done about 800 times pulling on their wired gamecube controllers... to my horror).

Microsoft typically makes good input devices - why does their console hardware suck so bad?  (Spoken as someone who got one of the original XBox's with the Phillips DVD problems, and a 360 that died to the RROD)

I submit the counter-argument that there's no reasonable precedent that would lead anyone to believe that tilting the console while in use would cause hardware damage.  And, this guy could not have been expected to read that tiny sticker in such a quick demo - They should have nailed the thing down if it was so fragile compared to previous 360s.

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No reasonable precedent for this? Of course there is. The original XBOX 360s did the same thing:

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Jun 22 2010 11:46 AM

Just adding a little comment on the new Slim Xbox 360, PC Perspective has done a tear apart for it. So if you want to see what it looks like nekkid click on.. Since everyone is just copying each other, MS and Sony add motion controls, Sony and Nintendo [with the new DS 3D] add 3D When does the Wii get a Slim model?

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slugbug replied on Thu, Jun 24 2010 1:06 PM

My personal favorite thing about this updated console is the auto shutdown feature it has when it overheats. Rather than listen to customers complaints about poor cooling and come up with a better cooling solution they put this little gem in.

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