Did Microsoft Know About the Faulty Xbox One Optical Drive?


Microsoft is stuck in quite the situation with the launch of the Xbox One. Amid the “green screens of death”, consoles getting bricked, alleged game DRM reports, missing pixels in gameplay, and a seemingly large number of defective yields (the one guy with the 2 defective Xbox One’s comes to mind), there is one overwhelmingly common issue: the Xbox One’s faulty optical drive.

Many consumers have reported the console’s disk drive eating up their game discs, or just acting erratic in general. Some have even spoken up about the failsafe disk eject for the Blu-ray drive not working either, essentially trapping their games in the Xbox One.

What’s the cause of this common issue? Shipments being mishandled? Poor management of certain batches being manufactured at specific plants?

Or was this whole defective disk drive fiasco something that could have been avoided if the issue was discovered and addressed in time?

Foxconn Lunghua plant in Shenzhen

Interestingly enough, back in August of this year, Digitimes.com, cited market analysts from the Chinese language Economic Daily News, who discovered yield rate (read as: manufactured item success rates) issues with certain components of the Xbox One, which include the optical disk drive and its assembly:

“Microsoft has recently lowered its Xbox One shipment forecast for 2013 from seven million units originally to 6.2 million due to poor yield rates of the device’s camera module, optical disc drive (ODD) and related assembly, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report citing market watchers.”

Could the optical disk drive situation have been mitigated by Microsoft calling for higher yield standards, or shifting production plants all together? Or are these yield issues not related to the current optical drive issues at all?

Regardless of where these problems originated, one thing’s for sure: the ball is now in Microsoft’s court.

(Source: Digitimes.com)

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