Two days ago, YouTube channel Gametuts uploaded a video on how to access the “devkit” mode on an Xbox One. As we already know, each and every Xbox One console has devkit capabilities that Microsoft plans on unlocking in the future. Gametuts, however, is showing people how to unlock it anyway. The thing is, what you end up unlocking is actually just a developer mode; there’s no Devkit mode to enable because you need to have a sandbox ID issued to you by Microsoft before you can actually utilise any devkit functionality. Attempting to do so without a sandbox ID runs the risk of bricking the console.
A user on Reddit who opted to try out Gametuts’ advice attracted the attention of two developers. Both immediately said that mucking around in this developer mode is a terrible idea. According to one Xbox One developer, fiddling with the sandbox ID section runs the risk of “putting your box into a boot loop”.
Microsoft has also responded to this and is also warning users against accessing the developer mode:
Changing the settings in this menu is only intended for developers for Xbox One, and this alone does not turn the console into a development kit. We strongly advise consumers against changing these settings as it could result in their Xbox One becoming unusable. Customers who have put their consoles into this developer setting can revert by restoring factory defaults under Settings / System, select Restore Factory Defaults.
You can check our Gametuts’ video below, not that it’s really of any use to anyone. By the time we get Xbox One in South Africa, my money is on this having been blocked off until Microsoft officially flips the switch on Devkit mode.