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Microsoft orders more Xbox 360 drives from Lite-ON IT

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Oct 2007 17:31 User comments (24)

Microsoft orders more Xbox 360 drives from Lite-ON IT Lite-ON IT has reportedly gotten more orders from Microsoft Corp. for DVD-ROM drives used in the Xbox 360 games console. In response, the company has given top priority to Microsoft, allocating its total production capacity for the optical disc reader drives, according to sources from the ODD components industry in Taiwan. Lite-ON's policy is to not comment on any reports about its orders.
Following tremendous sales performances for the mega-popular Halo 3 title, which pushed the Xbox 360 console sales significantly in its launch week, Microsoft is now focusing on promoting its games console for the peak holiday season, leading to a surge in OEM orders.

Lite-ON has allocated production capacity to output one million Xbox 360 DVD-ROM drives a month. The company is the third OEM maker of DVD-ROM drives for the Xbox 360, having started shipments in June-July, initially with a volume of 300k - 500k per month. Shipments in September were close to 1 million drives.

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24 user comments

17.10.2007 8:30
BIGnewb
Inactive

are lite-on drives the ones that are the hardest to mod?

27.10.2007 9:13

Not sure about the modding capabilities but they are one of the lowest-price DVD drives on the shelves.

37.10.2007 10:58

Are these the ones that eat discs?

47.10.2007 11:29
furchtlos
Inactive

So far the 360 drives have been a bit crap, mine sometimes wont open, and it scratches my CD's. Lets hope that this company can make something more reliable.

57.10.2007 12:38

My 360 drive has worked fine since December 5th,loads fast,no read errors ever but it is bloody noisy when playing certain games.

67.10.2007 14:16

Mine sound like an off balence washing machine but no problims ever.
dosnt scratch the disks ether. this is new though the fact that there swiching cheap drive makers means there listing to complaints

I mean anybody want a Thomson dvd drive again. Not me

77.10.2007 15:27

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87.10.2007 15:27

Well lets see, Lite-On owns BenQ's optical drive division... So, just do the math here guys. :P

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98.10.2007 5:39
BIGnewb
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i hope lite-on wasnt one of the first drives released on the 360 because i was watching tv and saw some kid's launch 360 melt his game lol.anyways drives are so out-date and look ancient.i like the fact that ps3 eliminates that possibility of having a drive problem where it doesnt open.microsoft should consider doing the same when they come out with a newer version.

108.10.2007 7:05

Originally posted by BIGnewb:
i hope lite-on wasnt one of the first drives released on the 360 because i was watching tv and saw some kid's launch 360 melt his game lol.anyways drives are so out-date and look ancient.i like the fact that ps3 eliminates that possibility of having a drive problem where it doesnt open.microsoft should consider doing the same when they come out with a newer version.
Thats nothing,my mate melted his trailer-home down with his PS3 when he left it to do some protein-folding while he went out drinking.
He now has no home and owes blockbuster for the console rental cuz he couldn't afford to buy it.
By the way,why do all the expensive BLU-RAY players have trays apart from the cheapo PS3 player?
The mind truly boggles!

118.10.2007 9:25
BIGnewb
Inactive

what the hell is your problem?cant even make a suggestion.and btw your friends is 1 in a million.the 360 is known for this.

128.10.2007 10:07

Quote:
Originally posted by BIGnewb:
i hope lite-on wasnt one of the first drives released on the 360 because i was watching tv and saw some kid's launch 360 melt his game lol.anyways drives are so out-date and look ancient.i like the fact that ps3 eliminates that possibility of having a drive problem where it doesnt open.microsoft should consider doing the same when they come out with a newer version.
Thats nothing,my mate melted his trailer-home down with his PS3 when he left it to do some protein-folding while he went out drinking.
He now has no home and owes blockbuster for the console rental cuz he couldn't afford to buy it.
By the way,why do all the expensive BLU-RAY players have trays apart from the cheapo PS3 player?
The mind truly boggles!

and the 360 was "burning down the house" was before it...do try again, at least try and admit the PS3 has better build quality.....if simple truth is beyond you then you will be written off as a trolling fanboy.

138.10.2007 12:23

Originally posted by BIGnewb:

Thats nothing,my mate melted his trailer-home down with his PS3 when he left it to do some protein-folding while he went out drinking.
He now has no home and owes blockbuster for the console rental cuz he couldn't afford to buy it.
By the way,why do all the expensive BLU-RAY players have trays apart from the cheapo PS3 player?
The mind truly boggles!
sorry to hear that

there was another story where a kid was trying to get his PS3 off the top shelf of his entertainment center when suddenly the massive PS3 fell on the boy instantly killing him :(

148.10.2007 14:54

Hey Clean it up please if you want to argue go to the Forums section and argue. other wise plz try and stay on topic this is about new lite on drives for 360. Not about who has the better quality gaming system and what burned down whos house. So Please if your not a fanboy Do not agrue about it.


Thanks.

158.10.2007 16:08

Some people don't understand sarcasm as my anecdote was fictional.
Zippy and BIGnewb,if you don't like mind games then don't play,you're both transparent and making fools of yourselves.

Microsoft maybe predicting BIG sales of the 360 this Christmas and thats why a million Lite-On drives a month have been ordered.
Or is Microsoft bluffing?I doubt it what with Wii consoles sold out,PS3's that are too expensive with delayed game after game and 360's offering all the gaming goodness you could want at a cheaper price.

And...
Where's the funny news about the PS3 tard SKU?
Backwards-Compatibility goes down the toilet all for a paltry $50. saving,while the 360 Elite gains two free games.

It's WAR and there's gonna be casualties.
Sony have limited ammunition,Nintendo have a supply problem and Microsoft have BIG guns that overheat and jam occasionaly...place your bets....yeeehaaaa!

1610.10.2007 18:45
BIGnewb
Inactive

bro ur dumb.

ps3 first off isnt that much more expensive.blu-ray players cost around 300-400 dollars so ps3 actually has a hi-def player which gives it more value.360 needs add-on cuz they know that they shouldn't bother wasting time on a pointless format.they're games dont even use them.

which means that ps3 games are hi-def while xbox 360 are just upscaled.the ps3 has a cell processor.and i know you're so transparent that you dont understand that many devs dont know how to fully use it which means in 2010 360 games wont be able to measure up to the ps3.which also means more exclusives coming from the 360 over to ps3 side.also ps3 games are region free!

hardware is actaully made with quality parts.xbox 360 uses the cheapest way out for drives.and btw arent drives so out dated lmao.even the wii doesnt have one.good job microsoft maybe they shouldve released that in 2002.

face it your arguements prove nothing and also you cant compare because you DONT OWN BOTH SYSTEMS.so unless you do shut your mouth.xbox 360 is only good for halo and thats the only reason i have it.hey btw i cant wait for Home LMAAOOO.

p.s:why are you talking about backwards compatibility if the 360 wasnt even meant to have one.they didnt even care.so atleast the 20gb and 60gb have it.

get your facts straight.

1710.10.2007 20:35

ChromeMud
so the 360 dosent overheat and dose not have a near 30% fail rate? they have admitted it and they are fixing it, the 65NM units are out but not at a high rate of saturation so if you buy a 360 its 50/50 that its not a 65NM unit, as for the drives I am hoping its really a old unit problem they do have like 5+ million old units floating around plus refrebs, I am sorry if you dislike the facts being known abotu the 360 hardware issues but they are issues if you cant stand down time or possible added cost of shiping then put it off till you can get a 65NM unit, another issue about the 360 is the lock HDD which is ridiculous in this day and age, MS offers a fair console but the issues make heed over the 300+ price tag.

BIGnewb
I am sorry there is no excuse for the PS3 being above 500 much less 450,the dcking with the hardware is down right scary and laughable that the fanboys are eating it up,then again the 360 fanboys have gone through how many 360s at this point and time...the PS3 has issues from the insane hardware changes to the price issues to the optimization issues in games these are facts you cant dissmiss just because you drink the koolaid and don't mind the brainwashing, both systems are more or less the same only they have a few titles to them each.

Sony really needs to stop smoking its anal cakes and start working on a solid consumer friendly unit that is just under 480 and has BWC in it if they do not do this they will be lucky to sale 10mill units by 09,its rather simple sony only really has 1 choice, take the 80 GB unit sell it for 450 the extra units are pointless and only lead to wasting money they need to stop the mindless dcking about and get to work on rebuilding the brand.


Yes I know I hate them all and facts I tend to scuqe but you have no love for one of them and thus start chewing on the poo as well.

1811.10.2007 17:04

@ BIGnewb

I was gonna strip your feeble arguments and so called facts to pieces but I can't be bothered.
Enjoy your fantastic PS3 and that piece of crap 360 that you own.
Please post more bollo# about how good Sony are doing at the moment,the good games that Sony promise are coming some time and how Blu-Ray is going to win for sure.
Lets all bow down to BIGnewb because he has both consoles and knows everything and is not biased in the slightest.
I never knew Sony could get away with such BS over the years but now I know why,it's people like you that want to BELIEVE!

1911.10.2007 18:57

Originally posted by ChromeMud:
@ BIGnewb

I was gonna strip your feeble arguments and so called facts to pieces but I can't be bothered.
Enjoy your fantastic PS3 and that piece of crap 360 that you own.
Please post more bollo# about how good Sony are doing at the moment,the good games that Sony promise are coming some time and how Blu-Ray is going to win for sure.
Lets all bow down to BIGnewb because he has both consoles and knows everything and is not biased in the slightest.
I never knew Sony could get away with such BS over the years but now I know why,it's people like you that want to BELIEVE!
I have no doubt the PS3 will be on top of the 360 in 2 years however tis far from the "over 9000" statements you make over it, you boil it down the 360 has more polish on games the PS3 has more polish on hardware, in about 10 months I see the PS3 having the most polish on hardware and game optimizations, but for now its time to wait out sonys'MS stupidity..

2013.10.2007 10:06

Originally posted by BIGnewb:
i hope lite-on wasnt one of the first drives released on the 360 because i was watching tv and saw some kid's launch 360 melt his game lol.anyways drives are so out-date and look ancient.i like the fact that ps3 eliminates that possibility of having a drive problem where it doesnt open.microsoft should consider doing the same when they come out with a newer version.
I'm confident the lite-on drives are fine,i've been using them for quite a while in my computers so i doubt too many would have issues ,obviously there'd be the odd few that'll give trouble tho for the most part they're excellant,the only other drive i would put up there with lite-on would be pioneer,the advantage of sliding trays
is the console can be put into a narrow shelf of a cabinet of an entertainment unit or any other type of tuck away type thingy can't say the same for my PS2's that really pisses me off..lol... in saying that it just means you need a shelf that's on slides if your like me and want things out of harms way

2115.10.2007 17:47

ZippyDSM spoke these wise words of wisdom...

Quote:
I have no doubt the PS3 will be on top of the 360 in 2 years however tis far from the "over 9000" statements you make over it, you boil it down the 360 has more polish on games the PS3 has more polish on hardware, in about 10 months I see the PS3 having the most polish on hardware and game optimizations, but for now its time to wait out sonys'MS stupidity..
The PS3 hardware is far from proven in terms of technical ability.
I've read the specs,the raw numbers,the theoretical maximum output of the thing but it's still not convincing anyone but worshippers of the brand.The PS3's GPU is less powerful than in the 360,the memory is bottlenecked and nowhere near as flexible as in the 360 and the CELL is so difficult to program that by the time developers can fully utilize it's power the next generation of consoles will be upon us.Your delusion that PS3 will somehow leapfrog the 360 years in the future is the corporate selling joke that Sony have been flogging for years.Welcome to the REAL World!
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2215.10.2007 18:19

ChromeMud

Never doubt the power of software optimization, the PS3 is trying to outperform the 360 using inferior software I think the architecture of the PS3 makes it the better, however at the end of the day it only has "clear hardware direction" compared to the 360, I think the 360 was to be a game console first but then got swept into the media machine and Hdef direction, with the hardware issues of the 360 winding to a end they need a clear direction to deal with all the space issues that will be coming in the coming months.

The PS3 has to catch the software up to the hardware or at least up to what was stated, it could well be they over stated and building games that would run well on a higher spec PS3 but runs as is on this PS3 they can "sell" I do not know if its true in the next 15 months we will know if they can optimize it or not, in any case both have flaws that need to be dealt with, I only hope MS picks up on the advancement of HDD space or breaks down and goes Hdvd cheap (no change in game or new unit price, HDVD addon drives would be 70$) but I think MS can go another 5 years if they have a clear and effective HDD plan..

2318.10.2007 17:03

Well all i have to say is at least Microsoft realizes what a good drive is. Either Lite-on or Pioneer. Well done.

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2418.10.2007 17:20

Originally posted by borhan9:
Well all i have to say is at least Microsoft realizes what a good drive is. Either Lite-on or Pioneer. Well done.
lite on dvd writers suck tho....

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