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Microsoft’s Major Nelson Warns Xbox One Users to Avoid Backwards Compatibility Prank

by Brandon Russell | December 8, 2013December 8, 2013 3:30 pm PST

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Microsoft’s Major Nelson, otherwise known as Larry Hryb, took to Twitter recently in order to remind everyone that “there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible.” Nelson’s Tweet was in response to an image currently making the Internet rounds, promising folks backwards compatibility in six easy steps. Those who fell for the ruse were only left with a bricked Xbox One; the prank started making the rounds after users found out how to enable the console’s dev kit mode.

Hyrb warns that performing the fake steps could make your console inoperable. Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged anyone complaining about falling for the prank, and it’s unclear if there’s a way to recover a console once the steps are inputted. To be clear, the steps can only be entered once the Xbox One is entered into dev kit mode, which is curiously present and accessible in every unit. Backwards compatibility will be sorely missed as we move into the next generation, and it’s easy to see why some folks may have been tricked.

Better to just stay away from entering your Xbox One into dev kit mode anyway, especially if you have no idea what you’re doing.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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