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

Wednesday, 9th 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.


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.



  1. Legendaryboss

    So only “teh cloud” is apart of MS original vision, for now at least. 2nd good feature dropped even though like the first i don’t know how it would have panned out.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. derpex

    Actually, with Phil Spencer in charge, they’ve dropped “teh infinite power of teh cloud” speak and replaced it with the far more sane “dedicated multiplayer servers”. Which is what they always were.

    So even “teh cloud” got 180-ed to an extent.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. DeVitowned

    And I thought I was the only one who couldn’t catch a break.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. Untold stories

    Hmmm from what I’ve read it still sounds like it might happen but not in the early future

    #4 5 months ago
  5. Mike W

    Oh the “the power of the cloud” is definitely the next 180. Which if it happens will actually be a good thing, because I didn’t believe that shit when they first announced it.

    The XBO is turning out to be a PR’s nightmare. The company has not stood it’s ground on a single claim on what the XBO one can do when it’s compared to its competition and this is ultimately making them look weak to the consumers.

    But you have to admit, they’re turning (or at least trying) things around way quicker than what Sony did with the PS3. :)

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Dragon

    Man, I don’t know how many xbox fans there were who said that X1 was the best for every developer as they could turn retail kits into dev kits.
    Many of them are probably in hiding now.

    Not so nice 180, this.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    With so many turns, it should be called xbox U, instead, i wonder if nintendo and microsoft can fo a swith in names, wii one and xbox U.
    Joking Aside i did thought this had potential, now we will never know.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    With so many turns, it should be called xbox U, instead, i wonder if nintendo and microsoft can do a switch in names, wii one and xbox U.
    Joking Aside i did thought this had potential, now we will never know.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    Sorry double post.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Mike W


    Nintendo would love that lol ;)

    #10 5 months ago
  11. dazedonthemoon

    Jeez, it’s exactly all these changes and u-turns that made me not get a Xbone this gen yet. I still may get it once the games roll in but once you lose the trust of your consumers it’s over. My trust in them broke after buying 4 360s, all RROD or disk drive problems. Only killer games (and lots of them) could ever bring me back.

    Shit rolls downhill and then what? You got a big pool of shit at the bottom.

    #11 5 months ago
  12. Hcw87

    Oh man what a fanboy-bait article. Looks like it worked though.

    But what’s this?

    Now lets bitch about something else.

    #12 5 months ago
  13. Legendaryboss

    U-turning on the U-turn. @7 Well played.

    #13 5 months ago
  14. RandomTiger

    Disappointing but not surprising.

    #14 5 months ago
  15. Dragon

    Ok, now this is even more ridiculous. So, evidently, Martin Fuller, of Xbox Advanced Technology Group, which , according to the name is a group that should these kinds of things, was lying, or didn’t know things about the device his team is working on.

    Now, who should we believe, an engineer, who perhaps unwittingly told something, or a PR retraction which is on expected lines?

    And this-
    And remember when Microsoft said that the Xbox One retail console would eventually double as a dev kit? Charla said on this topic, “We have said that anyone will be able to use retail Xbox Ones to develop games. We’re not there yet, so we need to send custom dev kits.”

    Ok, what the hell? If they can turn retail kits into dev kits by just firmware updates (since they cannot change retail hardware), shouldnt they have done it already? They don’t have enough dev kits by their own admission, so why are they waiting?

    I am not holding my breath for this.

    #15 5 months ago
  16. polygem

    ugly, ugly posts

    #16 5 months ago
  17. Untold stories

    Exactly what I just said right now. You guys need to read not presume.

    #17 5 months ago
  18. antraxsuicide

    At least you published the update. Might wanna edit the title though to reflect that fact that it’s completely wrong :P

    They’re still working on a way to prevent ISO mounting. Once they get a good solution to that problem, then they’ll release the firmware update that turns retail kits into development kits.

    #18 5 months ago
  19. dontbescaredhomie92

    Maybe all you fanboys that love to hate should make a “u-turn” on your comments as the fanbait article is absolutely full of shit.
    Just keep reeling them in with fabricated rubbish, man this site is lost.

    #19 5 months ago
  20. RingTrainer

    So a feature that most people will never use, is making headlines. Can’t wait to read about how Microsoft has switched from using plastic “A” to plastic “B”.

    #20 5 months ago
  21. Kreion

    OH right, sorry it’s just a firmware update. Don’t worry guys, it’s not like there could possibly be any issues with the programming they might need to fix. It doesn’t take any time to sort that out right? Everything can just be fixed by a handy dandy instant update!

    …maybe you should think before you speak.

    #21 5 months ago

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