Xbox One owners warned over console-bricking backwards compatibility scam

Xbox One owners warned over console-bricking backwards compatibility scam
Does not play Xbox 360 games

The subject of backwards compatibility is a sore one for Xbox One owners, but a method posted online promising to unlock Xbox 360 games gave hope to the non-savvy few. Except, of course, it's a scam.

As well documented, the Xbox One is not backwards compatible and, beyond a potential cloud streaming solution, never will be, but that hasn't stopped some giving the scheme a try. The result? A bricked console.

Microsoft's Head of Xbox Live Larry Hyrb (aka Major Nelson) posted a warning telling gamers that using the six step method, that enables the dev kit mode, could lead to a system that can't play Xbox One games either.

"To be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable," Hyrb tweeted on Friday.

Reboot, reboot, reboot

Attempting the process results in a constant reboot cycle and that will be the end of that.

This isn't the first scam to hit Xbox One fans this week. One poor sap paid £450 for a photo of an Xbox One on eBay.

You feel even if he'd got a console, that fella probable would have already knackered it by trying the unlock method, so no harm, no foul.

Speaking of the Xbox 360, here's how it won the console war.

Via The Verge

Chris Smith

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