False Xbox One “backwards compatibility” information on the net can brick your console

Saturday, 7th December 2013 17:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Xbox One owners who use the system’s developer tool menus to try making the console backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games could end up bricking their console, according to Major Nelson. The reason the warning was issued in the first place, is due to an image making a round or three on the Internet. The image states that if you follow the steps listed, you can force your console to play 360 games. All it does in the end however, is make your shiny new console useless, apparently. So, don’t do it. Hopefully, not too may have been fooled by the false information. Via Kotaku.



  1. shogunknight

    Hmmm, theres no sort of system restore option to fix it?…..they may have to lock the command completely or change the procedure in an update just in case

    #1 9 months ago
  2. DarkElfa

    I’m sure they’ll be putting out a quick ninja patch as soon as possible to insure that this does indeed brick consoles if tried.

    Whats the other option, get caught in the biggest outright lie in gaming history?

    Sure, it could all be just as MS says, but then again, they have everything to lose here so I like to think dirty.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Delsin Row

    all in one……shit box one

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Panthro

    Lol silly idiots…

    If there xbox ones are now bricked it is there own fault, people who fall for this crap shouldn’t be allowed to handle hardware that expensive.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Sethos

    Brickbox 720

    #5 9 months ago
  6. pukem0n

    just imagine the surge in X1 sales if you could indeed play 360 games on it ^^

    #6 9 months ago
  7. bradk825

    @2 if it could go backwards compatible they have everything to gain by letting people do it. They could sell more games and more consoles if it were backwards compatible, so why would they lie about it?

    3 and 5 clearly trolling. How does tampering by idiots leading to bricking count against MS? Duh.

    #7 9 months ago


    So true.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. ddtd

    @2 – I think that tin foil hat is too tight. It’s making you think that they somehow crammed 360 hardware inside that box.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. GK

    6,after 1year you could play on PS4 PS3 games :)

    #10 9 months ago
  11. Arcnail

    If either the PS4 or the Xbone came out with backward compatibility, it would have left the other in the dust.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. Arcnail

    .. and people downloading crap from the internet and installing them on their brand new console in hope of some ‘magic’ deserve a bricked machine.

    #12 9 months ago
  13. sebastien rivas

    hummm I assume this dev tool is not certified by Microsoft nor it can’t be found on Microsoft; therefore it is not Microsoft.

    Why would one hope a dev kit or tool is developed by a manufacturer that does not place their own tool on their own site?!?! it is a wonder????

    Same goes for Sony, Nintendo or anyone else for that matter, but hey… as they say “happy goes lucky”.

    #13 9 months ago
  14. drewbles82

    I would order one right now if it could do backwards comp.

    Every generation on console, you have brand new buys whether it be parents buying for their kids as they are old enough, the teenager who saved up, the adult who has enough money to finally buy his own for the first time or even those completely new to gaming.

    If it were me, personally id look at which would give me more for money. If one console allowed backwards comp, so xboxone played all 360 disc and arcade games, that alone would help sales big time for those types above. You’d not only sell them the console but a huge backlog of games available for them to buy as well.

    For the gamers who have the 360, theres a lot of games we will want to carry on playing for years to come, eventually 360s will not be made anymore and only second hand ones available which arent always reliable. Having backwards comp, lets you know the games you invested in the last 8yrs can still be played throughout the next gen.

    #14 9 months ago
  15. sebastien rivas


    You would encounter too many issue for backward compatibility, in all honesty I don’t think X1 could pull it off with its APU alone. Same goes for Sony Ps4/Ps3 btw…

    #15 9 months ago

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