Kinect hacked to be PS3 controller

Kinect can now be used as a PlayStation 3 controller, thanks to an unofficial hack for Microsoft's motion-sensing Xbox 360 peripheral.

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Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect controller for Xbox 360 can now be used unofficially as a rudimentary PlayStation controller, thanks to a new hack released over the weekend by programmer Shantanu Goel (via PSGroove).

The 'Kinect-PS3' hack processes Kinect input on a PC running Linux then transmits it to a PlayStation 3 via Bluetooth, requiring neither an Xbox 360 nor modifications to the PS3. If you're tech-savvy, you can download and give it a go yourself.

Goel describes Kinect-PS3 as "a proof of concept" that's "pre-alpha quality software currently" and still in need of further development. However, he's released a video demonstrating using Kinect to navigate the PlayStation 3 XMB and play a little Killzone 3.

Microsoft plans to launch an official Kinect SDK for Windows this spring. Sony is bringing its own motion-sensing controller, PlayStation Move, to PC with a toolkit named Move.Me, though curiously this will need to be run through a PS3.

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    March 21, 2011 8:15 AM

    Comment on Kinect hacked to be PS3 controller, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 21, 2011 8:19 AM

      Man, I love that people will do crazy hacks "just because"

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        March 21, 2011 9:56 AM

        They're just having fun with their skills, I admire folks who can do this.

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      March 21, 2011 8:37 AM

      Testing in this here story chatty

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      March 21, 2011 8:41 AM

      I'm sure Microsoft will sue and says that this is illegal usage of their controller. And then they will haul the creators to court to silence them.

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        March 21, 2011 8:45 AM

        Microsoft encourages hacking of the kinect.

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        March 21, 2011 9:34 AM

        MS is prolly laughing their asses off at this and thinking up headlines along the lines of "MS Takes Control of PS3!" or "PS3 Finally Gets Kinected!". If it sells a few more of their little toys, I'm sure they are down with that too. They make a healthy profit on every one sold so PC, Xbox, PS3, Sega Saturn, it's all good.

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        March 21, 2011 9:58 AM

        LOL, perhaps Sony but not MS, they even give away their XNA for free so people can make games for the 360 at home (with the $99/year developer license).

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        March 21, 2011 9:59 AM

        Micro$oft will give them the Micro$haft.

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        March 21, 2011 12:29 PM

        Why would they fight sales?

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      March 21, 2011 9:32 AM

      A combination of the kinect and the wii-mote/move would be pretty interesting.

      Granted I'd still prefer to see the wii-mote / move integrated into a set of fingertip gloves --- specifically thumb, index, and middle fingers. You could do pointing, rotation, expand/contract.

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        March 21, 2011 9:34 AM

        ...which is exactly as it was in Minority Report irc.

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      March 21, 2011 9:34 AM

      While this isn't the same, the number one reason I am interested in a PS3 jailbreak, is if someone is able to get an Xbox 360 controller working on the PS3.

      In the mean time, this is still pretty cool/interesting.

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      March 21, 2011 2:35 PM

      Frankenconsole?

      I'm sure fanboys of both systems are busy crying their eyes out right now.