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Xbox One users warned against 'backwards compatibility' attack

Don't turn your Xbox One into a £430 brick
Mon Dec 09 2013, 12:55
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SOME GULLIBLE EARLY ADOPTERS of Microsoft's Xbox One have been tricked into destroying them, having fallen for a vicious attack that promised to bring backwards compatiblility to the £430 console.

The attack, which arrived as a fake image that did the rounds on 4chan and Reddit, involves just six steps, opening the Developer Console menu of the unit and changing vital settings before attempting to reboot.

The so-called "backwards compatibility unlock" promised users that, after carrying out the six steps, they would be able to play Xbox 360 games on their shiny new console. Instead, a number of Xbox One owners have been left with a £430 brick, with reports claiming that the attack puts the console into an endless reboot cycle.

It's not clear how many Xbox One owners have fallen for the attack.

Microsoft has caught wind of the attack, and Larry Hyb, better known as Major Nelson, warned against it. He said, "To be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible & performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable."

It seems that some Xbox One owners are quite gullible types. Last week we reported about a man who paid £430 for a picture of an Xbox One on eBay.

The man, 19 year old student Peter Clatworthy, was furious, despite admitting that the eBay auction did state that it was offering only a picture of Microsoft's next generation console.

However, he has since had some good news. Second-hand gaming retailer CEX has sent Clatworthy a free Xbox One games console, which makes us think that we should start bidding on dodgy looking eBay auctions. µ


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