Was Xbox One Really Being Tested With Backwards Compatibility By Microsoft?

Xbox One has been officially launched by Microsoft and is now out in the wild for everyone to get their hands on. We know that Xbox One is not backwards compatible with the Xbox 360’s huge catalog of games and it was also said by Microsoft that bringing backwards compatibility using an online streaming service is also difficult.

One user who got his hands on the Xbox One was having problems inserting a disc in his Xbox One when he finally pressed the eject button and to his surprise, there was already a disc present in the Xbox One. It would’ve made more sense if there was any disc labelled ‘Xbox One’ in the disc tray, but this disc was labelled ‘Xbox 360’ and was dated way back to 2010. Such discs are not usable by the retail and contain a modified version of the game for stress test or burn-in of consoles at a factory or after a repair. These discs are classified as confidential by Microsoft.

xboxoneThere’s also some permanent marker writing on the disc which the flash hides a bit. This writing is either Japanese or Chinese as the user who is not well-versed with the language, cannot pin point. These discs and the information on them is not new as these discs have been previously found inside Xbox 360s by many owners.

Some other users have found the Xbox MTE disc as well which is dated more recently than the one above:



Wondering what MTE Test Disc is? According to a user on reddit whose friend works in MSFT:

I know what this is.. It’s used in every Xbox beforehand deployment to avoid selling bricks. It goes through phases of gfx and CPU stress testing . The software measures inconsistencies in temps and reports back to a tool connected to the Xbox via USB .


Source: I have a friend of a friend who works in testing cred. In msft

What does this mean? Does Xbox One really have the ability to have backwards compatibility and it may only be a software update away? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


  • Ankush Girotra

    Lol it really was just a software update away! Who knew! Backwards compatibility at E3 2015!

  • Greg Phillips

    I had the same 360 disc in mine and when contacting Xbox Support to find out why it was there in the first place I have been getting the run around ever since. They told me it must have been from the retailer and I should take it back to them for a replacement. The box was sealed when I bought it and the retailer assured me they don’t open the boxes. I think they want me to return it to get the disc back.

  • theyear1989

    I had a green disk in my Xbox One as well. Tweeted a pic to @xboxsupport, but they never responded.

  • Nick thomas

    It sucks I used my xbox one three times and it died it just won’t work it turns on and goes to dashboard kinect won’t turn on controller will but won’t navigate the dashboard I am sending it to them tomorrow it’s dumb that I bought a day one edition and it doesn’t work ya they will fix it for free but I bought it the day it. And out to play it in the beginning but I won’t be getting it back for weeks they should be giving me something to compensate for the lost time of not having my console but when it worked I loved it I know it’s not really there fault this happens during release of a console

  • Alex Zimmerman

    Interesting… I wish I could look at what is in the code…