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Do NOT Attempt to Make Your Xbox One Backward Compatible Via Internet Advice

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Posted on December 6, 2013 AT 01:24pm

Information is making its way around the Internet stating that a series of button and text commands can enable the Xbox One to be backward compatible with Xbox 360 games. It won’t do that—but it could brick your system.

First, here’s the image that gives the supposed instructions, courtesy of Delusibeta over on NeoGAF:

The problem is, there’s no such thing as enabling Xbox 360 backward compatibility on the Xbox One. If you don’t believe me, here’s familiar Xbox face Larry Hryb saying the same thing:


So what’s going on here?

When Microsoft designed the Xbox One, they decided to make it so that any retail console could be converted into a development kit for those who Microsoft feels should have access to such things. It’s a good idea, as it provides an easy, low-cost means of getting development consoles into the hands of those who want to make games for the platform.

The initial set of buttons—LB, RB, LT, RT—is no doubt a way to access a part of the system that allows for getting to the proper development tools (with Microsoft’s blessing). If you don’t know what you’re doing, however, playing around in that part of the Xbox One’s OS could end up causing some real problems.

Which, it’s said, is what will happen if you follow those instructions above, as doing so will supposedly put your console into a cycle of endless reboots that will essentially brick it.

Now, to be clear: we here at EGM haven’t been able to test this series of commands out. First, we have special debug consoles that don’t work the same as the standard retail units. Second, well, look: we’re a little scared to try it for ourselves without having a console we’re okay with not being usable for whatever period of time it’d take to get fixed.

No matter our ability to fully check the results of the steps being passed around or not, there’s no questioning this piece of advice: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If there were actually a means of unlocking backward compatibility on the Xbox One, either Microsoft would have mentioned it by now, or it would be a feature not meant to be used—probably for good reason—until they did announce it. When you see instructions that tell you to put in strange commands into any piece of technology—game consoles, computers, smart phones, or whatever else—you should never do so unless you know exactly what you’re doing and what’s going to happen.

So, no, you can’t play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One by doing a series of random things. Please, for the sake of your console and your sanity, don’t try this one at home boys and girls.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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