You Can Access The Xbox One's Developer Tools Right Now [UPDATE]

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If you'd like to take revenge on the Xbox One for watching you move and listening to everything you say, you can now get inside its brain and see a whole bunch of developer settings you probably shouldn't be looking at.

Every Xbox One is rigged to be a developer kit, as Microsoft told us earlier this year. That feature isn't ready quite yet, but as discovered by one crafty Redditor, you can actually access the Xbox One's developer kit functionality right now. (See: the screenshot above.)

Warning: you probably don't want to screw around with this stuff too much, because hitting the wrong switch and accidentally bricking your brand new $US500 machine is not a very good investment.

That said, you can access the Developer settings by going into your Xbox One's system menu and pressing the left bumper, right bumper, left trigger, and right trigger in order. Then you should see something like this:

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Head on over to the "Developer settings" option on the right and then you'll see this:

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And now you can feel what it's like to invade the Xbox's privacy. You probably shouldn't do this. Don't do this. We've reached out to Microsoft to hear if they have any official statements or words of caution, and we'll let you know if they get back to us.

UPDATE (4:14pm): Microsoft agrees with us: don't do this. Here's their statement to Kotaku:

"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."


    "And now you can feel what it’s like to invade the Xbox’s privacy."

    ...what? It's just a dev console.

    Disappointed by title - where are the tools? All I can see are the console side settings.

    It doesn't appear that you can access any developer tools at all this way.

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