Microsoft no longer planning on allowing retail Xbox One systems to be used as devkits

UPDATE: Microsoft is denying this report, saying this.

Microsoft says:

The comments today were inaccurate. We remain committed to ensuring the best possible solution for developers and hobbyists to create games for Xbox One. We will share more details at a later date.

Good news from MS!

ORIGINAL STORY:It looks like Microsoft is scrapping one of the bigger promised features of the Xbox One. They are no longer planning on making retail Xbox One units be capable of being used as developer kits.

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. 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.

This is disappointing news. It isn’t a huge deal but it still could have helped Microsoft win back some indie gaming support. I personally know a few amateur game makers who would have loved to get in on this without having to spend so much on an XB1 devkit straight from MS.