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Fake Backwards Compatibility Instructions Brick Xbox One

By - Source: 343 Industries | B 32 comments

A fake set of instructions has caused some Xbox One consoles to become bricked.

Three days ago, Larry Hryb, better known as Microsoft's Major Nelson, jumped on Twitter to warn Xbox One owners that the supposed backwards compatibility hack is fake and could brick consoles. There is absolutely no way to make the console backwards compatible no matter what you read on the Internet.

"To be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable," he tweeted.

According to 343 Industries, Microsoft eventually wants all Xbox One consoles to have the same functionality as a developer kit, and that's why some of the tools are already accessible on the console. However, this feature is far from ready, and trying to access these tools could put the console in an endless boot loop.

"Both Microsoft and Sony have hinted that they may make classic Xbox 360 and PS3 games available via streaming, but right now the system architecture is too different to allow the consoles to play old games themselves," the studio reports. "As a rule of thumb, these sorts of things are best avoided unless you're absolutely sure of what you're doing, or willing to risk a broken machine."

An image appeared on 4Chan over the weekend that provided six easy steps to enable the developer kit. These instructions included pressing LB, RB, LT, and RT in quick order, selecting the Developer Console, checking the "Enable devkit" box, and changing the sandbox ID. The image was a mere prank, but many Xbox One owners obviously took the instructions as the real deal.

"Microsoft doled out free games to anyone who got a bricked console at retail, but you can bet it won't be quite so generous with people trying to hack their consoles," 343 Industries said.

Due to the Xbox One's new hardware set, it will be unable to play games developed for the Xbox 360, as the older console uses an entirely different architecture. The only real way to play Xbox 360 games on the next generation hardware is to stream them, a feature that will eventually be offered to Microsoft's customers. Sony plans to do the same thing thanks to its Gaikai acquisition.

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    Cash091 , December 9, 2013 5:07 PM
    Idiots!!! If the system had the ability to have backwards compatibility simply "unlocked" they would have done it! It would be a HUGE selling feature. Top that off with the fact that the last step of this how to was to check (or type... I can't recall...) "freezone", which I gather means freeze One. I wonder what Microsoft labels cases like this...

    M$ Rep: "We have case# ID10t:5125 here. Please send this schmuck a new system."
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    sixdegree , December 9, 2013 5:16 PM
    The prank is cruel and brilliant at the same time. People should know better than trusting something that originated from 4chan.
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    icraft , December 9, 2013 5:30 PM
    Remember ios7 waterproofing? Idiots.
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    p05esto , December 9, 2013 5:42 PM
    These people get what they deserve.... as if there's some hack a dip on the internet could think up to play 360 games that Microsoft couldn't figure out themselves. hhahahaha, man people are easy to fool.
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    Morbus , December 9, 2013 6:03 PM
    4chan is the source of all awesome. Never fails to amaze me :) 
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    shardey , December 9, 2013 6:44 PM
    PowerPC != X86.. Knowledge is power.
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    Amdlova , December 9, 2013 7:25 PM
    yup i cant run the xbox 360 on xbox one... but, maybe in days for now we can emulate all games from xbox one and ps4...
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    EmirSc , December 9, 2013 7:38 PM
    stupid peasants lol
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    rabbit2012 , December 9, 2013 7:53 PM
    I feel sorry for all the young kids that fell for this though.
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    quilciri , December 9, 2013 8:02 PM X86 instruction set...and a CPU and GPU that are more powerful than the PC's that first ran Xbox 360 emulators....

    I call bullshit, micro$oft.
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    quilciri , December 9, 2013 8:04 PM
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    quilciri , December 9, 2013 8:08 PM
    and those emulators were running on top of windows a very un-optimized-for-gaming OS. If microsoft wanted to make the xbone backwards compatible, they could have done so.

    The truth is, they realized they can sell you your 360 games all over again.
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    danwat1234 , December 9, 2013 8:08 PM
    You can play Xbox 360 games on the XBOX 1 by streaming? Is this like remote desktop? So the server is running the game? Sweet sweet technology man
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    renz496 , December 9, 2013 9:02 PM
    ^ it is the same as what OnLive has been doing. The idea is neat but with streaming stable Internet and latency will always be the first problem
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    jimmysmitty , December 9, 2013 9:06 PM
    PowerPC != X86.. Knowledge is power.


    Although I would say maybe in about 10 years we should be able to emulate the 360/PS3 just like we are now able to easily emulate Xbox and PS2 now.

    But by them we will have photo realistic gaming .
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    leeb2013 , December 9, 2013 9:18 PM
    I love the way people have no empathy or sympathy for others these days, yet at the first sign of trouble would probably go running to mummy or daddy for help.

    Sure it's a little naïve to believe and try something like this, but it's a bit sick to get pleasure from their misfortune.
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    16bit , December 9, 2013 10:12 PM
    Games designed to run on a power pc system just won't work with an x86 system.
    I feel bad for anyone who believed that crap.
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    rmpumper , December 9, 2013 10:17 PM
    The prank is cruel and brilliant at the same time. People should know better than trusting something that originated from 4chan.

    If they knew better, they would be gaming on PCs.
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    renz496 , December 9, 2013 11:52 PM
    for those who fell for this most likely backward compatibility really matters to them. this is where sometimes pc have the advantage. for example the original starcraft still running just fine with my windows 7 pc.
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    itchyisvegeta , December 9, 2013 11:54 PM
    Still don't get why they didn't just do a software based Backwards Compatibility like the 360 had. Yes I know it cost a lot in development, but there is no reason why they can't do it in the form of an app and charge for it. Maybe even have little charges for each specific game.

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