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Microsoft Decided Kinect Is Open And Therefore Not Hacked

posted Sunday Nov 21, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Microsoft Decided Kinect Is Open And Therefore Not Hacked

Last week Microsoft talked about Kinect not being hacked by NUI Group, an open-source conglomeration of of developers and programmers, but merely that they wrote "drivers" allowing the device to be used on different platforms. None of that has changed but this week they are doing flip-flopping on some other issues concerning their intentions with Kinect.

To find out more about Microsoft's recent j/k, lol, we didn't mean it. Hit the break.

In an article written by PLuGHiTz Live! Host, Nick Woodward, Microsoft made a series of statements they will now go on to contradict. One of which is,

Kinect for Xbox 360 has not been hacked - in any way - as the software and hardware that are part of Kinect for Xbox 360 have not been modified. What has happened is someone has created drivers that allow other devices to interface with the Kinect for Xbox 360. The creation of these drivers, and the use of Kinect for Xbox 360 with other devices, is unsupported. We strongly encourage customers to use Kinect for Xbox 360 with their Xbox 360 to get the best experience possible.

The first half of that statement is fine is you choose to believe it. The problem is the part where they are discouraging developers to get creative because now they seem to be insinuating the opposite. A Microsoft rep on National Pulbilc Radio went on to talk about the wonders of using Kinect on say, a PC, and that Kinect was meant to be "open." So I guess the legal action that Microsoft threatened against NUI Group was just a joke, lol, and the discouragement of doing anything with Kinect's new found "openness" was also a joke. Oh Microsoft, you really had us going there.


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