MICROSOFT HASWARNED gamers against following instructions purporting to enable backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, after a hoaxer took a leaked guide on turning the console into a development box and altered it to cause the machine to reboot constantly. Prior to launch, Microsoft promised that it would add the ability to create content on the Xbox One by enabling selected tools typically reserved for special ‘dev box’ consoles on standard hardware.

It turns out part of that functionality is already included on the system, as going into the Xbox One settings menu and hiΞing the shoulder buΞons in a specific sequence enables a new settings sub-menu for development. However, changing any of the settings seen on that page, particularly the console’s ‘Sandbox ID’, can cause it to fall into a boot loop, rendering it useless.

Microsoft issued a formal warning against using the technique to gain early access to the development settings, saying that it was “only intended for developers for Xbox One”, and that this screen alone “does not turn the console into a development kit. We strongly advise consumers against Smartphones and tablets given green light for flights changing these seΞings as it could result in their Xbox One becoming unusable,” the company said in a statement.

Unfortunately, pranksters used this warning to prey on gamers disappointed in the Xbox One’s lack of backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. An official-looking infographic instructing console owners to edit their Sandbox ID to enable backwards compatibility quickly did the rounds online, but Microsoft confirmed it was false. “To be clear,” Microsoft’s Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb explained, “there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible and performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable.

” For those who have purchased an Xbox One but still have a backlog of Xbox 360 games to play, using the HDMI input of the Xbox One to pass Xbox 360 video through to your TV is as close as you’re likely to get to backwards compatibility. Any Xbox One owners who have put their consoles into the developer mode can revert the machine by restoring factory defaults under SeΞings, System, then Restore Factory Defaults.