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Trolls Try to Brick People’s Xbox One With Fake Instructions Promising 360 Backwards Compatibility

by on December 6, 2013 1:34 PM 117

A picture has been spreading around in a rather viral way since yesterday, apparently originating from 4chan, and providing fake instructions to enable Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on Xbox One.

The problem? Despite having been created to resemble Microsoft’s own marketing, the instructions are fake. The steps suggested are meant to enable the development environment of the console that is not yet ready for public consumption, and the result will put the Xbox One in an endless boot loop, effectively bricking it.

While some may think this a simple prank, it’s definitely sad to see people going out of their way to cause grief to fellow gamers.

You can see the picture below. We purposely blurred the actual instructions for safety reasons. If you’re really curious to see them, you can click on it to see the original (properly marked as fake for additional safety).

Do NOT attempt following the instructions displayed in the picture. If you see similar images or websites promising juicy but unsupported features, don’t believe what you’re reading. You’re being trolled.

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Update: Xbox Live’s own Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb provided a statement on Twitter, if you really, really needed an official confirmation on the fact that this is utter bogus.

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  • dirkradke

    The very first time I came to this site to read this article. The instructions were NOT blurred. I didn’t have to click on the image to view the actual instructions. In any case anyone who believes such a thing would bring backward compatibility is stupid. Microsoft repeatedly said it was NOT backward compatible with the 360.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      it’s been fixed. Also, remember that there are people out there that don’t read the news religiously, but just buy a console at walmart and play it. Then they see something this on mainstream environments like twitter and facebook and may think it real.

      Not everyone is tech savy or news savy.

    • Averix

      If someone came to this article, clearly detailing how this will “effectively” brick your device, but still proceed to follow the fake instructions for doing so, then they are clearly morons. Sadly, for some people, no amount of hand holding will save them from themselves. The blurring is a nicety, but not a necessity.

  • HalfBlackCanadian

    Obligatory Xbot Comment:
    Obviously these things will happen, Sony Ponies have nothing to do with their free time, what with no quality first party games to play, trollololololol.
    But seriously, what a douche bag. Why people can’t be allowed to like what they like (I optioned for an Xbox, having pre-ordered both, and have a few friends going the opposite way) Just play people

    • topkek

      Take a good read from the article. “Microsoft programmed a special code for bricking the console”.
      Why. And what’s wrong with backwards compability?

      • HalfBlackCanadian

        Microsoft did not put a code in for bricking their console, they put a code in to allow someone to go to debug mode. I imagine for the 50 that just got ID@Xbox accounts that same code drops them into the programming environment. It’s not there for no reason. Someone just found it early and used it assuming it would let them self publish/get an early start on programming for Xbox One (I’m referring to the original guy here)..
        Nothing is wrong with backward compatibility. I never said there was.

        • topkek

          Oh, so what is freezone.reboot then?

  • ruefrak

    So now in addition to shouting “XBOX TURN OFF” to piss off XB1 users, the gullible can now be conned into bricking their own systems.
    What are the instructions to unlock backwards compatibility for the PS4?

    • bigevilworldwide

      How completely stupid borderline full on retarded does one person half to be that they actually believe they can make their console BC and follow instructions that a stranger posted on the INTERNET LMAO

      • ruefrak

        In their defense, I’m the same way whenever I try to use Linux. I can’t figure something out so I do a search and someone says to enter a string of text into the terminal and I do it. I think with computers we’ve been conditioned to just randomly accept certain things and do them without question.

        • Edward Miller

          Speak for yourself.

          Microsoft was stupid to make it so easy to get into dev. mode on the Xbox One.

          Xbots who tried to do this thinking that Microsoft would have a secret way to access a mythical backwards compatibility function would probably break there console eventually anyway. Like put there peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the Blu-Ray drive.

          The same people that would read this on the internet are the same ones that should have the common sense to know better.

          I’m a Sony, Nintendo, PC Fanboy (a Gamer) basically anything that is not Xbox.

          Anyone who thinks there isn’t a good portion of Xbots that are crazy as Hell, need to pull there heads out of the sand. There are so many that are crazy that its part of the reason I don’t care for Xbox anymore. Because a good portion of the community mess up the experience for normal people.

  • truthtellerdealwithit

    Lol owned

  • X1ultimateGamer

    F…uckin sheeps you go play your plagued failstation 4 and STFU

    • GrubsterBeater

      People who play XBone are sheeps, if I wanted a glorified VCR, then I would’ve spent 500 on a XBone. Have they installed the grilling application to the console yet? So I can watch TV while cooking my steaks?

      • niggasss

        LOL yet the ps3 was just as big and more expensive, had worse graphics then the 360

        exposed

        • Krous

          A bit too highbrow for our friend exposing the last generation consoles.

    • Averix

      How are PS4 fans sheeps when this article is about people entering a code into a console believing it will do the impossible? Every console/phone/OS has its share of moronic followers and zealot followers. This article demonstrates the moronic followers. Your post demonstrates the zealot follower aspect. Grow up.

    • bigevilworldwide

      LOL says the moron defending morons who were retarded enough to believe they could enter a code or do a magic trick and suddenly their 720p would be BC LMAO…..Well we knew Xbots were stupid since they actually believed that MS sold out of 720Ps even though every retailer had it IN STOCK….

      BTW whats the Xbox 720 failure rate? We know the PS4 is still around 1% which is phenomenal for an electronic device, since the problem dies out a day or 2 after launch yet the 720 failure stores just keep coming about the coffee grinder

      • Brendon

        Those retards even fell for the ‘Play PS4 game discs on XB1′ joke :D

    • Eat it

      What was that?? Sorry couldn’t hear you from all the Xbone consoles dying. Sounds like heaven.

    • Synthetic Construct

      Another sheep hating on other sheep. Little girl, there are pros and cons to both consoles if you’d bother to check and not be a narrow minded little girl. And if you’d unkindly check VGchartz, 3DS is outselling both.

    • You are flat out wrong

      Demetre has a bricked Xbone!!!!! :D

      • JahFou

        pump *woosh*
        buttplug

  • Bankai

    Why are people assuming that this is the work of PlayStation fans? It could just as easily have been Xbox, Nintendo or PC fans that did it, but hey, let’s just blame the PlayStation community.

    • Averix

      Or a social media inspired IQ test.

      • niggasss

        Are you retarded?

        • Averix

          Nope, but based on your posting history, you may qualify for that designation…

    • JayD

      Have you seen the other things the PS community has done? There is a reason everyone pretty much assumes it is the playstation community.

      • thisismy nameyeah

        4Chan did this… All they do is troll… Also, part of a community =/= everyone in the community

        • Krous

          I’m just going to risk taking the bait here but do you realize the hypocrisy of your comment?

      • bigevilworldwide

        Cause lord knows the Xbot community never does anything like create countless 1 star reviews for the PS4 on Amazon, some of them are even verified purchases yet it killed their dog “masterchief” and burnt down their house(literal quotes from a verified 1 star review)….Or should we even talk about their 1 star review on metacritic where all they say is GT is the worst game ever made Forza rules……..

        Literally Xbots have to be the dumbest people on the planet, especially when it comes to defending Micro$haft or crap Micro$haft does.

        The best ones are people who made videos about their broken Xbox who returned it, filled with comments about how stupid that person is for returning it because it still kinda worked, cause everyone wants to pay $500 for something that kinda works

      • Bankai

        Yeah, because members of the PlayStation community are the only ones who have pulled ridiculous “pranks” on the rival community. There’s no possible way that this could have been perpetrated by anyone other than those dastardly PlayStation villains.

      • You are flat out wrong

        Everyone hates the Xbone and the stupid Xbottles, though. It’s not confined to PS fans.

    • Godofhdardcore

      Yeah Playstation fans are too busy gaming on their PS3s and PS4 with the awesome games on it to troll Cablebox One fans.

      • niggasss

        lol its funny because xbox has always been about gaming and innovation sure the ps4 is good but xbox one has more games, and the cloud.

        Now you’re thinking “whaaaaa teh ps2 was teh best cuz that was teh 0nly c0nsol3 i played at da time!11″

        64 was better than ps1 for obvious reasons
        And the Xbox, was better than the PS2? Online play..

        “DA PS2 HAS 4 GAMES TO PLAY ONLINEEE!!1″

        And the 360 was better than the ps3 for obvious reasons

        At least Xbox live doesn’t go down for over a month

        • ThePokeMaster

          Says: “for obvious reasons”
          Doesn’t actually give any good reasons lol

        • neozero2223

          Actually ps3 is quite a bit more powerful than 360. There is ZERO games running at 1080p on 360. You saying ps1 was worse than 64 is insane just as your claims about ps2. You sshould check the history books (and sales numbers) again

          • BuckRogers87

            And yet, at the beginning of its development cycle PS3 had maybe 1 1080p game. And I’m not talking cross platform. They had almost no games including exclusives running 720p. So if this is supposed to be some sort of metric for how “powerful” something is…

        • You are flat out wrong

          “da clowwwwwwwwwwwwwd”

          Only an Xdrone would believe that garbage.

      • HalfBlackCanadian

        To make an infographic?
        Check Metacritic, XBO games are average higher scoring than PS4 games (console exclusives, not PS3 up-rezed games, even if Flower and Sound Shapes are fantastic games)

        • You are flat out wrong

          Highest rating next gen game is on the PS4 whereas three of the lowest rated are on the Xbone. Metacritic is hardly a statement of confidence in the Boner.

          • BuckRogers87

            Put you use it in the first part of your argument. Make up your damn mind. Btw, Peggle got higher metacritic score than Resogun, so did Geometry wars…. just sayin’

          • HalfBlackCanadian

            So Metacritic matters (for your argument) but not mine?
            Resogun – 83
            Forza -81
            Dead Rising 3 – 78
            Killzone: Shadow Fall – 74
            Killer Instinct – 73
            Powerstar Golf – 68
            Ryse – 60
            Crimson Drago – 56
            Knack – 55
            Fighter Within – 26

            So, yeah, PS4 has the highest rated game in Resogun, but the next on the list is Killzone barely edging out Killer Instinct. Then Knack only beating Fighter Within.
            (Keep in mind, console exclusives, so Flower and Trine don’t count, you can play those elsewhere (beyond PC)

          • You are flat out wrong

            Fighter Within!
            Ryse!
            Crimson Dragon!
            Powerstar Golf!

            Syssssssstem sellllllllllers!

            You forgot Lococycle, by the way. 48. The best games are on Xbox One.

          • HalfBlackCanadian

            Fighter Within- Third party exclusive; sequel to a terrible game
            Ryse – scored better than Knack; reworked Xbox 360 Kinect game
            Crimson Dragon – ALSO scored better than Knack; reworked Xbox 360 Kinect game
            Powerstar Golf – Do you see a trend yet? No? Better than Knack.

            Didn’t forget Lococycle as it is available on 360 and I did specify system exclusive games, as in games that cannot be experienced on any other home console.

          • You are flat out wrong

            “Bu bu but Knack!!!”

            Won’t be long before you won’t be able to use that diversion to excuse the frankly naff Xbone lineup.

          • HalfBlackCanadian

            “Fighter Within!
            Ryse!
            Crimson Dragon!
            Powerstar Golf!

            Syssssssstem sellllllllllers!”

            And this will be valid forever, right?
            Out of those games one was hyped as being the next big thing, two are downloadable games. Knack was being regarded as the second coming of platforming genius from the creator of PS4 and co-creator of some of the best platformers ever. There’s a little difference in how things worked out.
            If your best defence is “Knack won’t be the only game for PS4 forever” then I’m sure you’re smart enough to realize that there will be more exclusive Xbox games coming out as well…and you’re the one who brought up individual game ratings anyway. Don’t be so mad you were beaten at your own game.

          • You are flat out wrong

            “Knack was being regarded as the second coming of platforming genius from
            the creator of PS4 and co-creator of some of the best platformers ever.”

            lol nope. Expectations went through the floor when the first gameplay demos at E3 were shown off, especially considering it was made by a 15 person team at SCE Japan. Ryse was in development hell for years, restarted several times, hyped up as the “next big transmedia IP” then flopped with critics and at retail. There’s no comparison between the two.

            Not even a month out and the Xbone already has an impressive roster of turds. 2014 will pad that list out furthermore.

          • HalfBlackCanadian

            “Expectations went through the floor when the first gameplay demos at E3 were shown off” – Actually, people tried to redeem this game a ton of times. Nobody had anything nice to say about Ryse except a few that were suprised that it turned out as good as it did (in the 55-75/100 range)

            “hyped up as the “next big transmedia IP”” – Do you have this mistaken with Quantum Break or do you not understand what transmedia means?

            “Not even a month out and the Xbone already has an impressive roster of turds. 2014 will pad that list out furthermore.” – But a roster, not three games and some up-converts. Please indulge me on all the crap lined up for Xbox One…I’m not aware of anything that sounds terrible at the moment.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Nope. Look up the Ryse comic books, the Machinima TV series, the talk of a sequel before the game was even out. MS was plugging this game hard. It backfired.

          • Godofhdardcore

            KIller instink is an unfinished game.

      • Bubba Jenkins

        Ps4 has no games. Its dead on arrival .

        • Godofhdardcore

          Infamous second come, The Order, Guilty Gear Xrd, Drive Club, Shadow of the beat, all coming next year.

          Coming to Cablebox one? Nothing

          • Bubba Jenkins

            No games for life, dead.

      • Custom Stefs

        what great game again??? ps3 i can see. there exclusives were out of this world…but what does the four have again?

        • Godofhdardcore

          I already answered that

          • Custom Stefs

            sorry bro i missed that. no disrespect though. i support all games so i coulda missed something.

          • Godofhdardcore

            Its alll good

          • Custom Stefs

            but in all honesty, i have asked sony heads to give me a good reason to buy a ps4 right now. instead of giving me a good reason they just told me i was stupid or i should go get cancer or something to that nature. i own a one, i love it. i have faith in sony to most likely win the war because they know how important it is to have great exclusives. ms seems to just be getting that memo. but i will buy a ps4 in the long run. im not taking sides because i love both. i just get annoyed when people claim that the one is a glorified cablebox. nothing about that is even remotely true. if you don’t wanna use it for cable, then don’t. you don’t care for voice commands, then shut them off. the one can completely be turned into a normal console. they gave you choice. ive had sony fans come to my house and say “wow thats really cool its just not for me.” and that’s fine, but to many people act like everything ms has done is bad. sony also announced that they would have cable…know one has bitched about that?

    • Alex King

      A girl was in 4Chan watching all these kids (PS4 fans) come up with a way to brick an Xbox One. It’s possible. That’s how ridiculous this stupid fanboy crap has gotten.

    • HalfBlackCanadian

      True words, but I think it comes down to likely culprits.
      An Xbox owner discovered this in the first place (and posted it with a warning) so that person opened Pandora’s box. Someone else just re-packaged it.
      (stereotypically) Nintendo fans are too young for this kind of thing and PC users don’t mingle in the affairs of mere mortals, that leaves Sony people. It’s a rivalry (of fans) so when ill-will happens to one, it’s the other’s fault.
      We live in a world where blame MUST be assigned to a culprit, and the more prominent the enemy, the better.

  • Balalaika

    I was on the original 4chan thread when people were trying to come up with a way to brick the Xbone and I laughed at this picture when annon uploaded it, now hours later I’m surprised it actually worked.

  • Weuue

    ANGELYSARAS! LIKE

  • NachoKingP

    “freezeone.reboot” would have been a giant red flag for me anyway. That’s just freaking obvious.

  • Christian Dixon

    What blows me away is that there is even a way to do this. But hell, I guess every Xbox is a devkit, right? That was a great idea…

  • allenphelix

    People deserve to have their consoles bricked for not supporting the Japanese industry.

    • Godofhdardcore

      Even though an American team is responsible for the PS4?

      • Giuseppe Nelva

        Umh no. The lead architect is American. Most of the team behind the hardware is Japanese, operating in Tokyo.

        • Godofhdardcore

          Uh yes dumb dumb

      • Tarkovsky

        As Giuseppe said, that’s not true. If you’ve listened to Yoshida and Cerny’s interviews, you’d know that most of the staff behind the PS4 are from Japan.

    • topkek

      >implying

  • truth11112222

    Sad day for gamers when it comes to things like this…

  • Axe99

    This is absolutely shocking – can’t think any less of the people that did it. Wouldn’t assume they were Playstation fans, and if any of the Playstation gamers I knew heard of someone doing this they’d knock the person into next week (figuratively). This is the act of an _incredibly_ sad individual or groups of individuals, and just shows that the gaming community has just as many tools as anywhere else. Nae good for those affected, and may the people behind it get the personality transplant they desparately require.

    • Daniel Lawson

      you don’t frequent N4G I suppose

      • Axe99

        I give it a scan for news a bit, but I don’t hang in the comments sections much, because they’re a bit of a cesspool.

  • You are flat out wrong

    Hahahahahahhahahaha!

    If this is 4chan’s doing, they hate the Xbone anyway. So does most of civilised society, actually.

    • Daniel Lawson

      no… you would be wrong… most people don’t care one way or the other about either system… in fact MOST people don’t game

    • JahFou

      inflATAble buttplug

    • therealestmofo

      stfu zaire ya pauper

  • therealestmofo

    save the gaming scene kill a sony pauper..

    • topkek

      Save the community and kill yourself

    • You are flat out wrong

      Go aware Zaire.

      • Not A PC Gamer

        That’s the POS I’m talking about right there. I even went so far as to contact Child protective services on his ass and referred them to his youtube channel as proof. You ever see his little daughter run around the room while her grown man.. ghetto reject of a father is fighting about video games with children half his age?

        As if supporting the crooks at MS wasn’t enough, this Crater faced monkey doesn’t even know how to raise a child. People like him shouldn’t even be breeding.. 40 year old man running his mouth about PS4 when he doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

        In a few days I’m going to call this clown out and let him know that he will be getting a visit from CPS very soon. The guy is a utter scumbag and I hope he gets his child taken away from that horrible environment.

        • You are flat out wrong

          You’re doing God’s work, friend.

          • Not A PC Gamer

            And you sir are “Flat Out Right” brother! Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Rocco

    Why can’t we all just get along?

    • Stranger On The Road

      Steam != PC gaming; Steam is an online store that sells PC games and some really big PC titles aren’t even available on Steam because of the store’s policies.

      I wonder why people assume that PC Gaming = Steam!

      • Suzaku Kururugi

        Because of how drones follow and believe in Valve and everything they do mindlessly and how popular Steam is. Also Steam Machines I guess.

      • JayD

        Yea seriously a lot of the best PC games are not even on Steam….

  • neozero2223

    Only xbone owners would fall for this

    • Alex King

      Correction Only Sony Fanboys would do something like this.

      • topkek

        Double correction; Only the entire 4chan community would do something like this

        • Alex King

          Perhaps you are right but I still think they were a fanboy who trolls 4chan.

    • Not A PC Gamer

      I believe it, they still fall for being lied to, being banned from Skype, having a rushed console that is a step backward on so many levels to the X360 and having the wool pulled over their fanboy goggle eyes when it comes to the fact that 80+ features are behind that horrible XBLG paywall. I have absolutely no pitty for them supporting the biggest crooks in gaming today.

      Or did they already forget MS tried to change the entire landscape of this industry and the only reason they didn’t is because they were listening to their preorder sales.. NOT US.

      To top it off I see these ignorant monkeys on Youtube like Arsonell187 and NextGen 720 running their mouths while ignoring the fact they are Naive and Inept morons who don’t possess any common sense or principles for that matter.

  • epiquestions

    Why blame sony fanboys? You have to have knowledge on the xbox one to be able to discover those and brick it. Sony fanboys wouldn’t be caught dead tinkering with Xbox one (plus the fact that they spent all their money on PS4 and wouldnt be able to afford another console). A more believable explanation is an xbox owner tried tinkering with his xbox one bricked it. Now he wants others to suffer the same fate.

    So sad that fanboys have got nothing going on in their lives that they spend their energy defending their chosen video game console. Their lives must really suck.

    • Alex King

      This is the internet all it would take is some kid who posted his miss adventures of trying to make his xbox into a dev kit. Then some sony fanboy reads it and voilah.. the light bulb comes on in his brain. Sure we could assume that someone without a motive could have done it but then why not figure a way to mess up a ps4? Or a wii u? There is a lot of fanboy hate online that doesn’t make sense and add the outlet of the internet where nobody has to atone for their actions and it spells this outcome. Could also be a PC person too.

      The main thing I saw is a lot of PS4 fans posting it in Xbox and PS4 articles. That means they are very well aware of the articles that Xbox fanboys would come to to talk crap and all the Xbox articles they could hit. I saw people who had pictures of Playstation posting this crap and spreading it. So regardless of WHO started it… It was the fanboy hate that spread it.

      • epiquestions

        Yeah we will never know. For all we know sony ‘fanboys’ are from Sony and are paid to defend/promote sony products and xbox fanboys are from MS. Nothing gets more attention/sales than creating controversy. Sorta like in politics, where mudslinging and dirty tactics are used to get more votes only the Sony/MS people can’t do it directly so they employ people who create accounts and be fanboys. And we are just going along for the ride with some real people being converted to actual fanboys.

  • RealityCheck2013

    You would have to be DUMB to try it, but then again buying a Xbox ONE in the 1st place is…(i will say no more) :D

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  • Not A PC Gamer

    I wouldn’t believe anything that corporate piece of trash and Liar Major Nelson has to say anyway. And I sure as hell wouldn’t have attempted that code even if I was disillusioned enough to stay with the Xbox brand.

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