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Microsoft: Halo 3: ODST disc error "not widespread"

Only a small number of players reportedly affected by undetermined problem

Microsoft has issued a statement downplaying the Halo 3: ODST "Unreadable Disc" reports that surfaced last week.

"We are aware of a very small number of people who are reporting they can't play the game," the platform holder told Eurogamer.

"We are looking into it, but at this point it doesn't appear to be a widespread issue."

A 35-page thread reporting the issue on the Bungie forums has now spread to over 60 pages with members still frustrated at the lack of communication from either developer or publisher.

The disc-read error occurs on some Xbox 360s during the Halo 3: ODST's campaign, rendering the game unplayable from thereon out. Other games, including Halo 3, are reportedly affected as collateral, and there are even mentions of hardware problems following the error.

Bungie is busy gathering data from those affected.

Despite the problems, Halo 3: ODST went straight to number one in the UK chart yesterday after selling 64 per cent of its week one total within the first 24 hours.

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