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Microsoft vs. Open Kinect: How to Miss a Significant Market Opportunity

"Microsoft has succeeded despite themselves in creating something really cool," says Matt Asay, a prominent open-source blogger and executive at software startup Strobe. Yet a number of critics say the relationship between Microsoft and Kinect-loving geeks is already strained, and that Microsoft's early reactions to their playful tinkering suggest it could squander a once-in-a-generation opportunity. "Here was a chance to throw themselves deep into the bowels of the open-source hippy movement," Asay says. "They are kind of trying to do it, but they don't want to touch anyone in the mosh pit."

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Godmars2902497d ago

Thing is MS once threw themselves into the bowels of the open-source hippy movement - that's how we got MS in the first place. Its also why the industry is the way it is today for goos and bad.

Though I can't help but note that the console industry has taken an almost contradictory path since MS got into it. Hacker and modders wanting to have their way with the "toy" that was Xbox1 which then bled into piracy of handheld titles and full console games.

EVILDEAD3602496d ago

Hacker and modders wanting to have their way with the "toy" that was Xbox1 which then bled into piracy of handheld titles and full console games.

LOL @ the troll fantasy of pretending that hacking consoles started because of the original modded Xbox and spread to other handhelds..FAIL

Tell that to everyone who have been playing modded systems/pirated games on the PS1 over a decade ago and every machine and console since.

The article is silly..Kinect only released a couple of months ago..people hacked it..made alot of cool stuff..yeah for them..but how is a few hacks some 'significant' market opportunity.

A dozen hacks vs. 8 Million people owning your hardware in less than two quarters is far from significant. In fact, it proves Micrsoft didn't miss the true market that they aimed for.

Evil

Godmars2902496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

There's pirated games, then there's turning a console into an e-machine or PC. Its that Xbox1 was a PC with limiters. That hackers wanted to remove those limitations. Like fixing the DVD drive so it played movies where it couldn't before because MS didn't want it to.

Hell, that's the problem with the PS3 as well. Sony put out something that was more than it was advertised to be, offered a literal welcome mat to Linux hobbyist with other OS, then too late realized too late that no hacker who's a hobbyist, and shut the door.

EVILDEAD3602496d ago

Again..the console modding and hacking community was active wayyy before the original Xbox.

That hackers wanted to remove those limitations. Like fixing the DVD drive so it played movies where it couldn't before because MS didn't want it to.

Some was through hardware and some through software. As the consoles became more advance and capabilties of each succeeding console began to grow; so did the capabilities of the hacks.

You mention the DVD drive, but once the Xbox was modded, they had software designed to make it play DVDs 'Region free'.

They modded the hard drives, they allowed you to be able to play EVERY past arcade games, SNES, NES, some PC games, etc.

But YOU made that statement that it started with hackers targeting the original Xbox and 'bled into piracy of handheld titles and full console games'

That statement is 150% FALSE.

The original PS1, PS2, and of course the PSP were modded and plays pirated games..and soon the PS3 will fall to the same fate as the 360.

The Dreamcast, Gameboy advance, played pirated software as well. No one care about the Gamecube..but they made up for it with the Wii.

Hacking and Modding did not start with the Xbox and won't end with the PS3..

Evil

KingME2496d ago

@EvilDead360 - seriously what is your true point. Is it that you don't want anything to be credited to the XBOX? You are really making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Get over yourself.

EVILDEAD3602496d ago

@EvilDead360 - seriously what is your true point. Is it that you don't want anything to be credited to the XBOX? You are really making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Awww..did I strike a nerve? My points are clear..don't like..or they are innacurate..then man up and disprove it..if not..then 'get over yourself'

KingME2495d ago

I guess what I was say is that you points are pointless. Just something to whine about I guess. Anyway, getting over myself.

3XP2495d ago

I agree KingMe is does appear to be rambling on about a bunch of nothing.