UPDATE – Another Microsoft u-turn: Xbox One consoles no longer double as dev kits

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 18:27 GMT By Sherif Saed

Remember when Microsoft said that every Xbox One unit can be used as a development kit? Well, they’ve apparently made a u-turn on that one too, although a later update has muddied the waters considerably.

UPDATE:

Statements made to Polygon and Kotaku suggest that Fuller’s comment was “inaccurate.”

“The comments today were inaccurate. We remain committed to ensuring the best possible solutions for developers and hobbyists to create games for Xbox One. We will share more details at a later date,” read the statement offered by a Microsoft representative.

Original Story:

Following the reversal of the DRM policies and the Kinect-less Xbox One after that, Microsoft has stated today at Develop that it no longer plans to make Xbox One units double as development kits. Something which never actually materialised since Microsoft promised it before launch.

Martin Fuller, of Xbox Advanced Technology Group, said this to the press attending Develop today, “As far as I’m aware there are no plans. I’m not aware of the reason why we didn’t manage to do that.

“We were in the early stages of Xbox One looking at the idea of a retail kit that could be turned into a development kit, and vice versa. In the end, although that was a very admirable goal, it hasn’t happened unfortunately. Can’t tell you the specifics of exactly why not.”

So there you have it, are you disappointed by this decision?

Thanks, Gamespot, Digital Spy.

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