Microsoft Does U-Turn on Xbox One Serving as Dev Kit, Then U-Turns Back

Stellar communication, all said and done.

Posted By | On 09th, Jul. 2014 Under News

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If this isn’t the oddest story of the day, we don’t know what is. At Develop, Xbox Advanced Technology Group’s Martin Fuller said that plans of having commercial Xbox One units doubling up as dev kits would not be happening.

As reported by GameSpot, Fuller said, “As far as I’m aware there are no plans. I’m not aware of the reason why we didn’t manage to do that.

“We were in the early stages of Xbox One looking at the idea of a retail kit that could be turned into a development kit, and vice versa. In the end, although that was a very admirable goal, it hasn’t happened unfortunately. Can’t tell you the specifics of exactly why not.”

Then, in a statement to Polygon, a Microsoft rep said that, “The comments today were inaccurate. We remain committed to ensuring the best possible solutions for developers and hobbyists to create games for Xbox One. We will share more details at a later date.”

Another public relatons nightmare for the company or simply another misunderstanding? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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  • d0x360

    I love how one guy who’s not even in charge of anything says something and suddenly its MICROSOFT SAYS!

    Neither statement was probably wrong. Every Xbox one can be turned into a Dev kit. However probably due to piracy concerns as a Dev kit can run unsigned (pirated) code they don’t want every joe shmoe being able to make their Xbox a free game machine.

    Its likely you will actually have to prove you are going to be developing something. Which would make both statements true.

    The initial announcement stated that every Xbox had the ability. It did not state they would just unlock any Xbox cause someone asked. Publishers would kill them. Piracy would become so easy it would absolutely destroy game sales.

    Also the ability to run unsigned code would also open up the abilities to hack any game for cheating online. This was an issue for the original Xbox that had mod chips. All a mod chip does is turn a console into a debug (development) unit that runs any code you want. That’s why Microsoft added checksums in the bios so when you login to live it makes sure you aren’t running unsigned xbe’s.

    So..Microsoft can allow everyone to be a Dev and pirate whatever they want, install emulators on their Xbox and cheat online OR they setup a program so only legit devs can unlock their Xbox ones.

    Lastly…about 1/4% of all Xbox owners could/would actually try to make games and those people can already get development consoles from Microsoft just by signing up for id@xbox so why does anyone even give a damn about this? Oh right I forgot! Its cool and fun to hate on Microsoft right now just as it was cool and fun to hate on Sony after the ps3 launch….

    • Mark

      I hear u. I could see if this was a mixed message that’s been fluctuating about for months. But the statement was retracted within a day. Every company does this. Move on.


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