"Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products.
"With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant."
I've always found the idea of companies making their hardware "Tinker-resistant" revolting. It's such a stunt on creativity it's depressing. Imagine making a piece of hardware and instead of closing it down... Opening it up! Not only would the cost go down (from not including dozens of "anti-hacker" tools or investing in the R&D) but people would get a much better at understanding your product and producing unique and compelling products coupled with it.
I know the US military experimented with using Xbox controllers to control various devices with a consistent and familiar interface; But because of these mechanisms and the cost with keeping up with them in addition to legal issues with tampering they moved to generic controllers. Kinect could be used for so much more, but instead of making it compatible with everything with open documentation, they choose to close it off. Depressing.
AC8 Nov 2010 18:29
For Microsoft, their products are only used as leverage, not an end unto them selves. Microsoft, and Apple use their products and place in the marketplace to exclude competition and restrict customer choices. Frankly, anti "tamper" hardware should be illegal - or at the very least, Microsoft should be subject to strict liability when Microsoft products fail to operate properly.
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gingineer8 Nov 2010 19:07
I think the technology is very exciting and has alot of potential. so i look forward to seeing what modders get up to with it.
Someone8 Nov 2010 19:14
I don't buy locked down hardware. Software maybe, since it's easily replaceable. I own no consoles (unless they were gifted to me), and I don't see a point in doing so.
Trerro8 Nov 2010 20:24
Wouldn't it make more sense to not only not lock it down, but actively encourage modding? Who cares if someone buys an XBox to be a cheap Linux machine instead of a gaming console? MS still gets the sale, the buyer still gets a product they want. No one is hurt by this.
roberto clemente8 Nov 2010 20:45
@Someone so you do own consoles is what you're saying
not someone9 Nov 2010 14:02
you obviously missed the bit about not buying (financially supporting the concept) but being given (using the hardware but not supporting the system). This means you can be in possession but not own a console.
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