Here's an interesting story for a Friday afternoon, an original Xbox dashboard Easter Egg has been revealed, after its lay uncovered on the system for 20 years.
The news comes from Kotaku, who reportedly were told the information from an anonymous source. It's similar to a previously known Easter Egg, which when triggered, would reveal a credits list for the entire console. However, this particular one brings up a hidden screen, providing a listing of the Xbox Dashboard Team.
So how do you do it? Luckily Kotaku has given a rundown of the instructions needed, and honestly, it's no surprise it's never been found until now:
1. Go into “Music” and insert an audio CD. (A short album will take less time.)
2. From the Audio CD screen choose “Copy,” “Copy” again, then “New Soundtrack.”
3. Delete the default soundtrack title and replace it with (no quotes) “Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” (That’s the letter “y” 26 times. No need to count; just fill the entire field and replace the last one with a “!”.)
4. Sit a spell. Enjoy the sounds of the hard drive stealing the disc’s essence.
5. When ripping completes, back out to the main menu.
6. Choose “Settings” and then “System Info.
7. ”You should now see a new screen listing members of the “Xbox Dashboard Team.”
After the instructions above have been completed, you'll be greeted with the credits of the original Xbox Dashboard Team: Victor Blanco, Sakphong Chanbai, Bradford Christian and Jim Helm. Pretty neat, huh?
So why spill the beans now? The source told Kotaku that they didn't believe anyone would ever find it, and they know sites love to report on information such as this. Plus everyone in the credits list no longer works for Microsoft.
“I decided to share now as it’s been 20 years, and I thought it would be cool if people knew this actually existed. I know many sites like to track these types of things and all the people on that list no longer work for Microsoft. I also thought if I didn’t do it now it would never likely happen. It had been so long I couldn’t even remember the trigger! I had to connect the Xbox up and try out several things to be sure.”
Even after this strange, but interesting Easter Egg, there still seems to be one that's yet to be found. It was previously hinted by the original Xbox creator, Seamus Blackley, that it's within the console's boot up process. If that is the case, then a secret is still waiting to be found.
The truth is out there!
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