Retail Xbox One units can already become dev kits

News Aaron Birch
3 Dec 2013 - 03:57

According to reports, you may be able to turn your Xbox One into a dev kit, but you really shouldn't mess...

It's been discovered recently, and demonstrated on YouTube by GameTuts (video below), that a quick series of button presses is all you need to turn your Xbox One into a dev kit, something which Microsoft already revealed would be possible some time ago.

By going into the Settings and System menu, and then pressing Left Bumper, Right Bumper, Left Trigger and Right Trigger in quick succession, you'll uncover the hidden Developer Kit menu, complete with 'Enable Devkit' option.

Currently, this is locked behind a 'Sandbox ID', which is required to actually activate the developer mode, and only registered developers have these at the moment.

Microsoft has already issued a statement warning users not to use this trick, saying, "Changing the settings in this menu is only intended for developers for Xbox One, and this alone does not turn the console into a development kit. We strongly advise consumers against changing these settings as it could result in their Xbox One becoming unusable. Customers who have put their consoles into this developer setting can revert by restoring factory defaults under Settings / System, select Restore Factory Defaults."

Even the video below warns users, claiming that you could cause your Xbox One to enter a boot loop, so it's probably best to avoid this trick for now. Still, it's a good sign that pretty much anyone, once they're registered, will be able to use their retail boxes to develop games, and that's a big plus for Microsoft's box.

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