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Microsoft still has plans to turn retail Xbox Ones into dev kits

Microsoft has responded after a member of their Xbox Advanced Technology Group incorrectly stated the company had dropped plans to make retail Xbox One consoles debug dev kits.

“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,” Fuller said. “In the end, although that was a very admirable goal, it hasn’t happened unfortunately,” the Xbox Advanced Technology Group’s Martin Fuller said, addressing the Develop conference in Brighton.

“The comments today were inaccurate,” a Microsoft spokesperson responded to Joystiq. “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.”

The plans to turn retail consoles to dev kits were announced before the launch of the Xbox One itself. “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development,” Xbox Corporate VP Marc Whitten said at the time.


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