One of the developers on the original Xbox has come forwards to reveal an Easter egg that has remained hidden for 20 years.
Revealed to Kotaku, the hidden secret is a small credits screen with the names of the Xbox staff members who worked on the Xbox’s green dashboard.
The tip-off to the Easter egg was provided by an anonymous developer who had worked on the original Xbox.
“I decided to share now as it’s been 20 years, and I thought it would be cool if people knew this actually existed,” said the source. “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.”
— Xbox (@Xbox) May 14, 2021
In order to unlock the Easter egg, players are required to rip an audio CD onto the console and rename the file with the specific title: “Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!”
When players return to the main menu, going to Settings followed by Systems Info will see a new display listing the following members of the ‘Xbox Dashboard Team’: Victor Blanco, Sakphong Chanbai, Bradford Christian and Jim Helm.
A previously known Easter egg for the Xbox also required ripping a CD album and renaming it “Eggsβox”, which unlocked a credits sequence for the whole console.
Microsoft announced celebrations of the Xbox’s 20th anniversary this month, which also includes updating the Xbox Series X/S with a classic green dashboard, titled ‘The Original’.
Elsewhere, Microsoft and Bethesda are reportedly holding a joint conference next month, possibly coinciding with E3 2021.