The PlayStation 4 did not get off to the most valiant start, many launch consoles came with faulty disc drives and dud-consoles and it seems the Xbox One has its launch problems as well, the same Blu-ray disc drive failures that hit many PS4 users are being reported on day one.
Unlike the previous console generation, both game consoles come with Blu-ray drives and both have day one problems. Xbox One buyers have expressed their disappointment in the failure of their game console with many YouTube videos and Twitter updates discussing the problems.
The typical problem is the Xbox One disc drive seems to be loose or components are not working coherently together, making the game unplayable. We are not sure the extent of this problem, for now we can only measure it on the amount of users complaining and there are more than a handful.
We are also not sure if this is something that can be fixed without having to change the Xbox One – Amazon and other retailers have been quick to say there will not be quick swaps for dud-consoles, simply due to the lack of units available to swap that have not already been shipped out for pre-order.
Microsoft should be able to clasp this problem shortly and after the Christmas flux we will see complaints dying down as more people get replacement consoles or refunds for other things.
The two consoles have had an eruptive start, Sony has already sold over 1 million PS4 consoles and Microsoft is well on its way. We expect the Christmas launch window to grab as many as fifteen million buyers along both consoles, kicking the next generation off to a good start.
We wonder how long it will take before the new generation get bored of what is on offer, the exclusives are not getting the best reviews and the only thing keeping people on the system are the triple-A games available on other platforms, including the previous generation consoles and PC.
Watch Dogs, Destiny, Tom Clancy: The Division and other big next generation titles will be coming sometime in 2014, until then we are still sitting on the previous generation games – not looking that great for both console launches.