Turn Your Xbox One into a Devkit…And Maybe Brick It in the Process

Turn Your Xbox One into a Devkit…And Maybe Brick It in the Process

Fans have figured out how to turn a normal everyday Xbox One into a dev unit. Many of you may remember that Microsoft included devkit functionality in every Xbox One as a way to keep down costs of development. Of course, it was only a matter of time until a hacker figured out how to do it himself.

To turn your Xbox One into devkit mode, all you have to do is go into your system settings and press LB, RB, LT, RT one after another. Old school cheat codes go! (Please finish reading the article before rushing off to do this. It might not end well).

This will open up a brand new Developer Settings menu where you can enable development mode. However, this alone isn’t enough to “open up” your console in all ways, though you will gain access to crash dumps and the like. To really start creating your own games, you will need a Microsoft assigned Sandbox ID.

Whatever you do, DO NOT enter incorrect information into the Sandbox ID section of the development settings page. Doing so may totally brick your Xbox One, causing it to get stuck in a boot loop. Microsoft officially commented on the matter 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.”

So make your Xbox One a devkit at your own risk is what we are saying.

This is an incredible breakthrough for the homebrew and modding community and makes it very easy to run unsigned code on your console. Of course, this may also open the floodgates for pirates, which means Microsoft might eventually patch the functionality out or at least make it harder to access.

Source: Engadget

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