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Updated: Microsoft denies dropping plans for Xbox One retail units to double as dev kits

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Update: Microsoft has denied dropping plans to enable Xbox One retail units to double as developer kits.

Earlier today, Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller said during a Q&A that there were now "no plans" for the feature to be introduced.

A Microsoft spokesperson has since told Digital Spy: "The comments today were inaccurate. 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."

Original Story: A feature that would allow retail Xbox One units to become developer kits is no longer planned, according to Microsoft.

Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller said during an audience Q&A there are "no plans" for the feature, which would allow developers to debug and create games without additional Microsoft-supplied hardware. The feature was proposed alongside Microsoft's ID@Xbox scheme last August.

First image of the Xbox One

© Microsoft


Our interview with ID@Xbox's Chris Charla on Xbox One's indie strategy

"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," he told Digital Spy and other attendees at Develop conference in Brighton.

"In the end, although that was a very admirable goal, it hasn't happened unfortunately. Can't tell you the specifics of exactly why not."

When asked to elaborate on whether the feature would arrive eventually, Fuller replied: "As far as I'm aware there are no plans. I'm not aware of the reason why we didn't manage to do that."

However, studios applying to the ID@Xbox programmer will receive two free developer kits from Microsoft.

We have contacted Microsoft for further elaboration on the comments.

The first ID@Xbox games launched earlier this year, including Strike Suit Zero and Super Time Force.

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