There have been rumors floating around that Xbox One dev kits may have specs and features different from those of the actual retail units. According to Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning that simply isn’t true, and the hardware on the dev kits and the retail boxes is identical.
There are rumors floating around internet that Xbox One dev kits have specifications and features different to that of actual retail units, but according to Microsoft’s Albert Penello, this isn’t the case, and both Xbox One dev kits and retail units are exactly the same.
On NeoGaf, Albert stated, “First of all, our Dev kits and Retail kits are exactly the same. The only difference is the SW (Software) running on it.
Second, developers cannot turn off/on CU’s (Compute Units). Some of our internal engineers have been able to do that for testing purposes, but it’s not something available to developers.”
He also stated that Xbox One dev kits does feature few addition port, “Yes. There is a diagnostic port on some dev kits. Still functionally the same as the retail units and made on the same line. To be even more specific, there are several versions of SW for kits based on what’s being run. And many of them are literally the same boxes.”
Furthermore Penello explained that he’s talking about the current dev kits, and not older ones: “I’m talking about the current, retail-form factor dev kits. Anything shown on one of the black kits, or white zebra kits. There were very early PC-based dev kits with specs I’m not familiar with, lest I get caught in semantics discussion.”