Xbox One vs. PS4: Broken Xbox Ones To Be Replaced With Used Consoles; PS Plus January Lineup Revealed

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By Gel Galang | December 26, 2013 1:56 PM EST

[UPDATE: Here are more Xbox One stocks at two retailers.]

Some eager Xbox One users may be disappointed to see a faulty Christmas gift. Users are reporting again that some shipments of the Xbox One had broken disc drives.

Similar problems experienced by Xbox One users during launch, the broken disc drive cannot recognize and play discs ranging from DVDs, game discs or even Blu-Ray discs.

While some cases like these were fewer than the launch fiasco, the problems are pretty widespread and coming after a considerable time from the launch period may become a concern for buyers.

According to News for Shoppers, Microsoft's solution, which is to replace the faulty Xbox One consoles may not at all be the best solution, as the fine print part of the mechanics holds a surprising clause.

The terms state that those who are looking for a replacement may get a used or a refurbished console. "Unless restricted by law, repair may use new or refurbished parts and replacement may be with a new or refurbished unit."

WCCF Tech reported a case wherein one user who bought his console from Best Buy found it faulty and filed for a replacement. After getting his replacement unit, he found that it had a scratch on the front panel. Upon contacting customer service, the buyer was informed that 10% of Xbox One consoles are being returned with the broken disc drives as a source of complaint.

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PS Plus Lineup For January Leaked

PS Plus members will be happy to know that the lineup for the January has already been leaked and confirmed.

DualShockers has come across the free games for North America that will be offered at the start of 2014. For the PS4, gamers can enjoy the indie game, "Don't Starve." PS3 has three freebies, including Devil May Care, BioShock Infinite and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. PS Vita features Smart as... and Worms Battle Islands.

It's a pretty good list, considering that some of the acclaimed games, BioShock Infinite, Don't Starve, and Brothers are now offered for free.

*Check out some of these XBox One bundles from Toys R Us and Best Buy. Read the details here.

Amazon's Offer For $5 Off Select Games

PS4 via Amazon buyers would be happy to know that there is now a $5 off for games, including Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: Rivals, NBA Live 14, and FIFA 14. All four games are currently on a $10 as it is, so adding the $5 offer will take away a big enough discount of $15.

*More discounts for the PS4: Amazon gives $5 discount on games, on top of another discount. Read here for more.

According to Hardcore Gamer, the offer is available until Dec. 28, so long as you apply the emailed code at checkout to receive the $15 savings.

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