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Original Xbox Easter egg surfaces nearly 20 years after it launched

An all-new Easter egg for the original Xbox has been uncovered, and it's so obscure that only a walkthrough from a member of the original development team finally brought it to light.

Kotaku (opens in new tab) shared a video which demonstrates the Easter egg, with the original footage provided by an Xbox developer who wished to remain anonymous. You can recreate it yourself, but on top of needing a functioning Xbox console to do so (naturally) you'll also need an audio CD of some kind. Ideally a short one, because the Easter egg involves copying its contents to your hard console's hard drive. Yes, this is an extremely 2001 Easter egg.

Here's the step-by-step guide if you want to recreate it yourself:

  1. Go to the Settings menu and select System Info just to see what it looks like before the Easter egg.
  2. Go to Music, then insert an audio CD into the Xbox disc tray. Hopefully yours still opens, mine got kind of finicky near the end.
  3. Select Copy, then Copy again, then create a new soundtrack.
  4. Clear the default title and replace it with “Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” without quotes, which the developer confirmed is indeed a South Park reference. You don't have to count Ys, just put in as many as will fit then replace the last one with an exclamation point.
  5. Start the ripping process and marvel at the fact that this is how people used to listen to their music in games before Spotify apps were a thing.
  6. Head back to System Info, and check out those secret credits.

The original Xbox developer told Kotaku that they wanted to share this Easter egg because none of the people in the credits still work at Microsoft, and "if I didn’t do it now it would never likely happen." How this particular egg remained so well hidden even after the source code for the original Xbox leaked years ago remains a mystery, but we'll have to wait and see what other secrets the old black box has yet to yield.

You don't need to bust out your original Xbox to get those glowing green vibes - just use this free dynamic Xbox Series X theme Microsoft added in a recent update.

Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.