Xbox Series X buyers: just like PS5, your new console could die at ANY moment

Xbox Series X is suffering from a few launch time teething problems… but try not to stress over it

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch issues console death
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The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launched worldwide last week, and it looks like Microsoft's next-gen console is having a few teething problems. In fact, just like the PS5, a next-gen console which could die at any second, if you believe certain reports, your brand new Xbox Series X could also DIE at any moment. 

Most users, to be fair, are not experiencing issues beyond a near total absence of actual games. However some users are malfunctioning disc drives that won't accept discs, worryingly loud disc drives – imagine that horror – and a console-breaking bug that stops the hardware from powering on, rendering it useless. So, should you be worried?

Ignoring reports of smoking Xbox Series X consoles from Reddit that have been dismissed by Xbox as vape smoke, reports on the assortment of other issues seem to be more substantial. 

One Twitter user posted a clip of their console making a series of clicking sounds in both a horizontal and vertical position. Meanwhile, other videos posted to social media, like this one and this one show instances of an excessively loud disc drive.

YouTuber ThePapiGfunk shared a video citing connectivity issues between the wireless controller and the console, as well as an apparent issue that has seen the console stop working altogether. 

The content creator says he's spoken to Xbox Support service who have advised him to send it back, and that a replacement Xbox Series X will be with him in 10-14 business days.

He's not the only one with a completely broken machine; a Microsoft help thread is full of similar reports, while a thread on ResetEra also has multiple reports of this issue. 

Right now, you can head over to the official thread of known problems in the hopes of finding an answer to any issues you encounter, but for now, these particular problems haven't been addressed yet. 

Source: Comic Book

Shabana Arif

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