360’s replacement plan not related to new discs

The Xbox 360 update which is rolling out starting today being the cause of disc incompatibilities, as reported yesterday, isn’t quite accurate. It’s quite inaccurate, in fact.

Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has given a brief but to-the-point update on the matter via his blog, explaining that the console replacement plan “is related to a previous update, NOT the system update that has been in public beta and will be deployed shortly.”

He adds: “The new disc format that is part of the beta has been rigorously tested across all Xbox 360 models and there are no known compatibility issues.”

Among other things, the update makes it possible for all systems to read the new discs (1GB larger) that Microsoft is implementing.

Those hoping for their consoles to begin rejecting discs after the update is applied can uncross their fingers then; if your console isn’t already misbehaving then that shiny new 250GB slim and 12-month Gold subscription are looking mighty unlikely.

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