A group calling themselves H4LT has made the Xbox One software development kit (SDK) available for download. The availability of the SDK paves the way for running illegal copies and homebrew software for Microsoft’s latest generation game console.
According to the group, the SDK, which runs on Windows 8, doesn’t only offer the possibility to run self developed software for the Xbox One, it also allows those interested to investigate the inner workings of the operating system of the console.
Despite the leak of the SDK, homebrew software and copied games can’t be run on the XBox One (yet). So far no exploits are known for Microsoft’s console and officially released software for the Xbox One needs to be registered with Microsoft. However the system files in the SDK could be starting point for hackers.
According to H4LT, the the Xbox One is practically a stripped Windows 8 device with a new package format. According to the group “this format is responsible for updating the console and storing applications (Games are under the category of ‘Applications’ on the Xbox One) and is a modification of Virtual Hard Disks. There is no definite ‘exploit’ but from what we have studied and tested, this simple packaging format could possibly lead us to creating Homebrew applications for the Xbox One.”
Both the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles from Microsoft are cracked. On both consoles it’s possible to run homebrew software as well backups or pirated copies of games.