While some gaming console manufacturers would rather sue the very community that creates the future of the platform, Microsoft has chosen to embrace them. When the Microsoft Kinect was first released in late 2010, Microsoft took a very tough stance to hackers (as they have previously with Xbox hacking). But soon after, all kinds of cool little hacks and demos started appearing online showing just how much potential the Kinect accessory had. Shortly after, Microsoft changed their tune, instead taking a neutral approach to the hacks and hackers, promising no legal battles. And now it gets better, with official confirmation via Microsoft themselves that the talented bunch of Kinect hackers will soon have a legitimate SDK to bring their apps to life and the public in a much easier fashion.
The new SDK will be released this March and initially as a non-commercial endeavor only. But Microsoft has promised that commercial creations will be able to flourish at a later date.
With Sony (oh darn, cat’s out of the bag) currently going sue happy on some very prominent and helpful PS3 hackers, we’d say Microsoft is taking the far better road by embracing the Kinect hacker community and actually…you know…listening to the Xbox/Kinect userbase. We expect some very unique and very worthwhile things to come forth for the Xbox/Kinect platform in the near future.
**Note to Sony: This is how you get people interested in your products.