What have you done or what will you do with your new Kinect? Well lots of gamers spent the weekend clearing space in their living rooms to avoid destruction from extended limbs. Once this chore was done it was obviously time to play with it. You didn't think that instead of playing with the high-tech bit of kit, you would say 'hack' it so that it can run on Windows 7?
Well sadly enough over the weekend rumours appeared that someone had managed to do just that. A developer, known as AlexP, from NUI Group, an open-source development community, appears to have been able to control the Kinect camera with a PC running Windows 7. This was after it had been reported that Adafruit Industries, a New York-based company founded by MIT alumni, were offering a $2,000 prize to anyone who could operate the motion-sensing camera independent of the Xbox 360.
Today Microsoft have released the following statement to Gamespot:
"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."
Well there you have it, if you already have your Kinect, or are getting one upon its release in Europe tomorrow, enjoy playing games with it on your Xbox 360 and don't spend your time creating drivers for the benefit of the youtube audience.