Secret code can turn your Xbox One into a dev kit, should be avoided for now

A few months ago, Microsoft announced their ID@Xbox program, designed to offer small game developers a way to self-publish on the Xbox One. At the time, Microsoft said that plans were in the works that would allow anyone with a retail Xbox One unit to turn it into a development hardware kit but details were not announced.

Now a YouTube video on the GameTuts channel has revealed a way to go ahead and turn any Xbox One into a development kit right now; the YouTube link has the full procedure.

Having said that, a post on Reddit from an unnamed but confirmed developer of Xbox One games says that the method in the video really shouldn't be used, stating, "Please don't mess with anything here for the time being, especially the sandbox ID. You risk putting your box into a boot loop."

The same developer later posted that he had no idea when Microsoft would officially enable development kits from Xbox One units, stating, "There are many concerns such as privacy, security, stability etc.., that need to be sorted out before we can allow anyone and everyone to simply sideload an app onto their box."

So there you have it. If you really want to, you can turn your new Xbox One into a development kit just for fun, but you run the risk of bricking it. If you really want to make games and self-publish them on the console, your best bet is to sign up for Microsoft's official ID@Xbox program.

Source: GameTuts and Reddit via Eurogamer | Image via Microsoft

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Spicoli said,
I wonder if there's a way to create a snapshot and just roll back to it if you blow it up.

Virtual XBox One! =D

Albert said,
agreed. not sure what was microsoft smoking when they decide to have a software-enabled sdk mode on the xbone.

have a read on the MS link posted.

"Our longer term plan is that anyone with a retail Xbox One will be able to develop, publish, and sell their game on Xbox Live."

Makes you wonder why they wouldn't just make every Xbox a dev kit by default. Haven't smart phones and tablets been this way since forever? The fact gaming consoles are so restrictive speaks to the slow rate of evolution this industry suffers from.

neonspark said,
Makes you wonder why they wouldn't just make every Xbox a dev kit by default. Haven't smart phones and tablets been this way since forever? The fact gaming consoles are so restrictive speaks to the slow rate of evolution this industry suffers from.

The Net Yaroze version of the PlayStation was one of the first consoles to act as a dev kit if I'm right, but that was a separate console to the regular one. Having the dev kit built in is a good idea though as it allows anyone to be a developer.

neo158 said,

The Net Yaroze version of the PlayStation was one of the first consoles to act as a dev kit if I'm right, but that was a separate console to the regular one. Having the dev kit built in is a good idea though as it allows anyone to be a developer.

Separate and expensive

This does not turn your console into a devkit as that functionality is not yet added so you get a message saying that you are not authorized to make it a devkit and it is only a debug menu.

That's got to be cool for indies, no? Seems easy to do, but it could always be disabled in an update.

I was really hoping it was something like, go to a specific page and hit Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right B, A, Start and BOOM!!! dev console.

Geoffrey B. said,
I was really hoping it was something like, go to a specific page and hit Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right B, A, Start and BOOM!!! dev console.

LOL! Love it!

That's what it used to be for webOS... type upupdowndownleftrightleftrightba in to the search box and the developer app would appear... or use 20090113 or whatever it was, the date of the webOS reveal. God I miss webOS

Exactly, it would provide a legitimate way for awesome tools and features to be added without turning to RGH/JTAG type solutions. Would definitely unleash the potential.

Also, when in dev mode, you can run it with your XBMC or whatever, then reboot into "retail" then play legitimate games online. I think this will work out well. After they work out the bugs and the price comes down I shall be looking at an XBOne

Auzeras said,
Exactly, it would provide a legitimate way for awesome tools and features to be added without turning to RGH/JTAG type solutions. Would definitely unleash the potential.

Also, when in dev mode, you can run it with your XBMC or whatever, then reboot into "retail" then play legitimate games online. I think this will work out well. After they work out the bugs and the price comes down I shall be looking at an XBOne

This type of potential is why I think Xbone is more the next gen console than PS4. PS4 is a better gaming console but I am more than a gamer so I would want something that can give me more. I guess thats why I quit the console scene and went PC gaming...