The original Xbox was launched by Microsoft on 15th November 2001 and went on to sell 24 million units. Now, after 20 years, an un-named developer who worked on the original Xbox has revealed that he hid an easter egg in the Dashboard of the system software. This easter egg is different from the previously known Eggsβox easter egg.
According to the developer:
“I didn’t really expect it to be found, not unless the source code leaked or somebody reverse-engineered the Dashboard. Its trigger was the same as the ‘main’ Easter egg so I knew it was possible. I figured somebody would have to leak it for it to be known.”
To trigger the now revealed easter egg:
- Go into Music and insert an audio CD.
- From the Audio CD screen choose Copy, again Copy, then New Soundtrack.
- Delete the default soundtrack title and replace it with (no quotes) “Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” (That’s the letter “y” 26 times. Or you can just fill the entire field and replace the last one with a “!”.)
- Wait for the contents to copy to the internal HDD. When the task completes, go back to the main menu.
- Navigate to Settings and then System Info.
- You should now see the new hidden screen listing members of the Xbox Dashboard Team - Victor Blanco, Sakphong Chanbai, Bradford Christian and Jim Helm.
When asked why he leaked the easter egg now, the developer says:
“I decided to share now as it’s been 20 years, and I thought it would be cool if people knew this actually existed. I also thought if I didn’t do it now it would never likely happen. It had been so long I couldn’t even remember the trigger! I had to connect the Xbox up and try out several things to be sure.”