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Halo 3:ODST Disk Read Errors – Have you been affected?

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Yes, it’s happened again. With many big-name first party release on the 360 there seems to be something that highlights the machine’s finicky hardware – or Microsoft’s inability to manufacture discs properly. Forza 2 apparently killed consoles, Lost Odyssey had a notorious 4th disc read error, and even the original Gears of War had severe enough disc-cracking issues to warrant a replacement program.

The latest 360 game to be beset with such issues is none other than Halo 3: ODST, which seems to have caused numerous disc-read errors. A 65-page thread on Bungie’s forum has highlighted the severity of the problem.

Microsoft and Bungie have responded, claiming that "We are aware of a very small number of people who are reporting they can’t play the game." "We are looking into it, but at this point it doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue." Scouring the thread reveals that roughly 30% of the posters have had similar read errors.

The disc-read error occurs on some 360’s during the main campaign, making the game unplayable from thereon out. I’ve seen nothing on the local forums about any ODST issues, making it possible that this is the result of a localised bad batch. Have any of you had trouble playing through ODST? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated: September 29, 2009


  1. janrik

    September 29, 2009 at 13:40

    Nope. nothing like that on any of my consoles.

    I do install all games though…


  2. WitWolfyZA

    September 29, 2009 at 14:54

    maybe its just the pirate versions??? Seeing alot of pirates use cheap crap discs to burn it on 😆


  3. ewie

    September 29, 2009 at 14:57

    No problems, but I also read that if you install the game to the hard drive (if you have) you can get past these problems. ?


  4. WitWolfyZA

    September 29, 2009 at 15:02

    That’s correct! But you know Bungie they even stated on Halo 3 the game runs better of the disc then the HDD which i find tottaly confusing to start with… Maybe the same applies here?


  5. janrik

    September 29, 2009 at 15:20

    Nope. ODST have a big thing on the back: Optimised for HDD install.

    I installed it on all my consoles and have had no crashes.

    Completed it 3 times allready.


  6. atomic

    September 29, 2009 at 15:21

    let’s hope you dont have to use the disk replacement program to swap out. I sent my gears of war disk in after my console broke it, and i never got it / anything back, prompting me to have to buy the game again!


  7. WitWolfyZA

    September 30, 2009 at 07:24



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