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[Update 3: Set Up] Xbox One Launch Live Coverage, How To Fix Problems, Xbox Live Status, Green Screen Of Death, More!

Posted on Friday, November 22 @ 19:30:00 Eastern by


[Update 3]: Here's a picture of the messed up trigger I found as I unwrapped my brand new Xbox One: Day One Edition controller. What's different about the Day One Edition console? It comes in a black cardboard box instead of a green one. That's about it. I didn't pay any more than others paid for their non-Day One Edition Xbox, but I also gave my money to Microsoft earlier than I should have so now I just feel stupid.

I also ran into the green screen of death issue, but several restarts later the console made it through the update and to the dashboard. Was it all because I refused to plug in Kinect from the outset?

Here's a much bigger problem I'm having with my Xbox One: the hard drive won't be silent. It sounds like my console has an old 500 GB external hard drive that someone used exclusively for saving, deleting, and resaving an extensive collection of porn. It sounds like the hard drive in my parent's old Compaq tower, only 10 years later and still full of dust.

I've downloaded and installed Killer Instinct. I put Call of Duty: Ghosts in and let it begin to install, but the hard drive noise became so incessant and unbearable that I had to turn it off. Even now, the console is turned off and it's still ticking away inside there. I've yet to play a game.

[Update 2]: The loud disc drive issue Alex reported on earlier has garnered a response from Microsoft. The company states that consumers should contact customer support for further instruction. We don't know if contacting Microsoft customer support results in a new console replacement or an immediate fix, but it seems like the disc drive issue doesn't have a concrete solution.

My Xbox One still hasn't shown up, but I'm ready to finally play Call of Duty: Ghosts and more. Hurry UPS guy, hurry!

[Update 1]: First reports of Xbox One users finding errors or issues setting up their new consoles come from tipster UghRochester. Over on Microsoft's Xbox forums, one user claims to see a "Green Screen of Death". SKID 212 says that the tech he opened up earlier is an "awesome piece of kit" but that it won't move past a green Xbox Logo. "I get stuck on the green xbox logo and thats about it for the past 5 hrs."

Other users suggested that SKID turn the console on and off until Xbox One gets through the boot screen to the mandatory update. The thread continues with others complaining of interrupted update downloads without an error code to speak of. These update interruptions are likely caused by servers overwhelmed as new Xbox One owners jump in (get it?) at the same time. Note that Sony also had a similar problem last week.

Additionally, many consumers have shared videos and experiences with particularly loud Xbox One disc drives. You can check out the video below or read more on the issue here. We've also heard reports that while the drives make horrible sounds, they've left discs relatively unscathed.



[Original]: Today, Microsoft unleashes Xbox One, the next-generation video game and entertainment console following the wildly popular Xbox 360. Yes, we've already had a first-generation Xbox, but I think the name will grow on us, maybe not at launch, maybe not in the first week, but some how we'll find a way differentiate third and first generation Xbox consoles.

While I can't promise live streaming given Xbox One won't support Twitch out of the box, I can say that we'll have a full weekend of Xbox One coverage, reviews, hands-on impressions, and breaking news. I'll be playing with the system frequently all weekend and, just like last week's live coverage of PS4's launch, I'll be updating this post with anything and everything Xbox One.

Are you getting your Xbox One today? Are you holding off until after the first-run of hardware or until the next big exclusive? Here's how I'm hoping things play out today:
  1. Receive my Xbox One from UPS "before 8:00pm" because thanks UPS for giving me a bigger window than even those assholes at Comcast.
  2. Check out GameRevolution's Xbox One Launch Buyer's Guide to decide if I need another controller or just more games to play.
  3. Get Xbox One out of the box, plug in all the cables, turn the machine on without setting up Kinect, just to see how it reacts. Like, will Xbox One give me three or four error messages before finally letting me get at my dashboard and games or will it fail to blink an eye at my refusal to be watched at all times?
  4. Play Killer Instinct. Microsoft's revival of Rare's fighting franchise remains one of my favorite announcements of E3 2013, especially with that booming arcade-cabinet-attract-mode-like-you-mean-it voice. When the music and lights started, I immediately felt chills and I can't wait to try the game out at home.
  5. Reviews.
If it seems like this launch day schedule is tamer than last week's, it's because I forced myself to accept that my console wasn't going to show up in a timely fashion. We'd love to have given you reviews of Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and more of Xbox One's launch lineup but it'll make for a full weekend of GameRevolution instead.

Don't forget to check out Master Chief's delivery of the first Xbox One to Australia or Fulgore's return to Killer Instinct coming in March.


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