Emulators are cool. They allow you to play games from older consoles on modern hardware like Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Gamers often use Xbox Dev accounts to load their N64, Wii, PlayStation and other emulators in Developer Mode. However, Microsoft has been disabling these accounts, seemingly in an attack on the use of emulators.

In a letter to users, Microsoft says the following:

“We have disabled the Windows and Xbox enrollment in your Microsoft Partner Center account because it did not have an active presence in the Store. For reference, see the Developer Code of Conduct which says that an active presence in the Store must be maintained.”


Needless to say, many emulator users and Xbox developer account holders took to social media to complain about the situation. However, Microsoft has now apologized to Xbox Dev account holders. Furthermore, the company says there was an error that had nothing to do with the use of emulators.


Jason Ronald, Director of PM at Xbox, wrote a tweet chain explaining the situation:

“We have no plans to remove or disable Developer Mode on Xbox consoles. We continue to believe in and support a healthy independent app and game development community on Xbox. As part of a regularly scheduled maintenance to clean up inactive accounts, a number of Partner Center accounts used to enable Developer Mode on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles were inadvertently deactivated.”

Ronald says Microsoft is working on finding out which accounts were wrongly disabled and reinstating them. Users can take a proactive approach and get their account restored sooner. To do that, contact and the company will re-enable your account.

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