Developer Mode is available on the Xbox Series X and S. This feature can turn every console into a development kit. Microsoft officially announced it for the Xbox One back in 2016. Here's how to use Developer Mode on a modern Xbox, and why you might want to. What Is Developer Mode? Microsoft first announced the Xbox would be getting a developer mode during its Build 2016 event keynote, along with the news that Universal Windows Platform (UWP) would be coming to the Xbox One. With developer mode enabled on a Microsoft console, it's possible to install and run UWP apps. When developer mode is enabled, retail games and other services won't work. Playing retail games and apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store requires that you restart your console. UWP was Microsoft's big shot at a unified software platform that allowed apps to run on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile (Windows Phone), Xbox One, and HoloLens. The benefit of a UWP app was that it didn't need to be rewritten to be ported to another Microsoft platform. Developer mode is perfect for testing out UWP apps you've written or sideloading UWP apps from other developers. This functionality is available on… Read full this story
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