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A few whacks seem to fix the Xbox One's Blu-ray drive from grinding

If you were one of the unlucky customers to get one of Microsoft's new Xbox One's with a bad Blu-ray drive that doesn't read or makes a grinding noise, then you might want to see this. Over on the official Xbox One forums some have found a fix to the problem of misaligned cogs. According to the video you turn over your console and strike it over the Blu-ray drive a few times, gently but firmly.

 

 

Although it is not recommended to use this trick as a fix, you might damage your console or cause another issue that may void your warranty. Microsoft is replacing consoles instantly and are even including a free game as an apology to their customers. Affected customers can choose from Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, or Zoo Tycoon.

 

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This Steam Machine prototype has me excited, what do you think?

Next year, there are two companies that have me the most excited: Valve and Oculus VR. The latter, for its awesome virtual reality device, Rift, and the former, for its multiple product releases, and software releases.

 

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One of these, is the Steam Machine. The latest Steam Machine prototype has been teased by Engadget, which has had the first look at iBuyPower's prototype for a Steam Machine. It looks awesome, and looks nothing like a PC - which is exactly what Valve, and PC makers, need right now. There's a gorgeous light bar through the center of it, which looks like it changes color, an awesome touch.

 

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There's a gigantic Steam logo on top, which is nice to see on a console. Better yet, it'll be just $499 and include a decent GPU in the AMD Radeon R9 270 - which is an $180 GPU on its own. One top of this, there'll be a multi-core AMD processor inside, and a Steam Controller. We're talking about specs that beat the next-gen consoles, with a price that matches them. This is what I know: I want one, and I want one now.

Xbox 360 to lose AT&T U-verse receiver support after December 1st

Unfortunately for Xbox 360 users who use their console as a U-verse TV receiver, you will no longer be able to use that service. AT&T is informing their customers that they will no longer have the IPTV support for the Xbox 360. AT&T says this will come in affect after December 31st.

 

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Users will have to order a traditional U-verse receiver but 360 U-verse users will at least get a $99 credit in return of their troubles, according to AT&T it was originally going to be a $60 credit but they decided to make it $99. It doesn't look like they will be transferring the service to Xbox One either.

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Free games for those with problematic Xbox One Blu-ray drives!

We reported about the issues with some Xbox One consoles and their Blu-ray issues, but Microsoft is quickly jumping into damage control mode, offering anyone with a broken Xbox One free games.

 

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If you're one of these people, you can ring up Microsoft customer support, and get a free game through the Xbox One exchange program. You'll receive a digital code for one of 4 games: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, or Zoo Tycoon. Not too bad at all, isn't it? If you're experiencing issues with the Blu-ray drive on your Xbox One, get onto that free game deal, now!

Microsoft doesn't want bad language on the Xbox One's Upload Studio

The Xbox One's Upload Studio is an app that allows you to upload video clips of your game footage and according to some reports some users are losing Xbox Live privileges due to the profanity used in their videos. Some have reportedly lost privileges to Skype and other apps, and according to Microsoft the excessive profanity in videos can result you in getting some or all of your privileges taken. These bans are temporary and non-permanent; users aren't getting banned from gaming. Just Kinect related apps and in most cases just the Upload Studio.

 

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Microsoft's statement: "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members."

Leaked promo image of PlayStation 4 & PlayStation Vita bundle

There is no official announcement or release date for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita "Ultimate Edition Bundle" but Sony's senior product manager; Ben Law mentioned a few days ago to MCV that the Ultimate Edition Bundle will be at retailers this holiday season before Christmas, more than likely early December.

 

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The Ultimate Edition Bundle will come with the PlayStation 4, a Dualshock 4 controller, mono in ear mic, the PlayStation Vita, and in the leaked promo picture it looks like it will also be coming with a memory card for the Vita.

Some Xbox One Blu-ray drives are problematic, MS has no solution yet

Microsoft has over 1 million Xbox Ones in the wild, but it looks like some of these next-gen consoles are having issues with the internal Blu-ray drive. Problem is, Microsoft has no solution just yet.

 

 

The problematic Xbox Ones are seeing a bad grinding sound when the Xbox Ones Blu-ray drive attempts to read discs. The other issue is, we don't know how many Xbox One units have been affected. Kotaku reported the issue earlier on this evening, seeing over 100 people e-mail them, with the problem on their Xbox One unit, or knowing someone with the issue.

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Microsoft sells over 1 million Xbox One units worldwide in 24 hours

Microsoft's launch of the Xbox One has seen 1 million consoles fly out the door, with the company calling it the "biggest launch in Xbox history". The Xbox One launched in 13 markets across the world, including the United States, Australia, parts of Europe and South America.

 

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Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Xbox, said in a statement: "We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world. Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season."

 

We know that Sony sold 1 million PlayStation 4s in the first 24 hours of it being launched, but it is a more impressive number considering it was only in the US and Canada. This is a more impressive number, at least to me, because it's just two markets, and not the many more that Microsoft launched the Xbox One in.

iFixit opens up the new Xbox One Kinect sensor to see whats inside

Yesterday we saw iFixit tear down Microsoft's next-gen gaming console, the Xbox One, and today the company is continuing the series by tearing down the new Kinect sensor. As a electronic hobbyist this is the teardown that I have been waiting for, and with the sensors new high-resolution capabilities, I can not wait to see it hacked!

 

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Unlike the Xbox One, the Kinect is held together by screws which are hiding under labels, and a screwdriver makes quick work of opening up the case. When the Kinect is first opened up, you can see several optical sensors, and what appears to be an array of three high-intensity IR Blasters.

 

Also pictured is the large camera with what appears to me a mechanical focusing system. Interestingly enough, the Kinect now packed enough power that a Fan is required to keep things nice and cool, and I bet this has something to do with its sensors always being activated awaiting commands from the user. It also appears that the entire internal frame is being used as one giant heat sink to help aid in cooling. Unfortunately, the Kinect earned a repairibility score of just 6 out of 10 due to so many permanently affixed and propriety parts.

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