Xbox One backward compatibility hack is a hoax

News Aaron Birch
11 Dec 2013 - 06:03

Whatever you do, don't try this at home, or you could brick your Xbox One...

Recently, it was revealed that the Xbox One contains a hidden way to activate the developer kit mode of the unit, allowing anyone to develop titles for the platform. This is currently locked behind a 'Sandbox ID' code, and unless you're a registered developer, you're not allowed access.

The method to unlock this mode is easy enough, and there's nothing stopping users from trying to activate the mode by plugging away at the system. However, it was also found that this trick could effectively brick an Xbox One, sending it into a endless boot cycle. Microsoft issued an official statement warning users not to mess with these settings.

Well, for some reason, someone thought it would be funny to trick new Xbox One owners into believing that this hack could actually enable a so-called Xbox 360 backward compatibility mode, and a set of instructions has been doing the rounds online, which you can see below.

Under no circumstances should you attempt this as a) there's currently no such thing as an Xbox 360 backwards compatibility mode on the Xbox One, and b) it could brick your console. You have been warned.

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