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Hacker makes Kinect work on PS3

There have been a lot of Kinect hacks since the peripheral was released last November, but here's one that trumps them all due to irony alone - a guy named Shantanu Goel has managed to make the device work on a PS3.

Via a very impressive piece of source code, Goel managed to make his PS3 recognize Kinect as a standard controller. All the buttons are mapped to hand controls, so moving your hand to the right acts as though you're pushing the right D-pad button, and creating a "pushing" gesture toward the screen acts as the X button.

Of course, Kinect was never designed to work that way. It's supposed to interface with software that only recognizes motion gestures, not substituted button presses. So it isn't a good PS3 controller by any means, but who the hell cares? The mere idea that someone was able to make Kinect talk with the PS3 is nothing short of awesome.

Goel noted his program is of "pre-alpha quality," but he wants to continue to improve it.

Check out this video of Killzone 3 being played with Kinect. Hell of a thing to see.

[Source: Shantanu Goel]

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Mar 21, 2011

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16 comments

  • Blue2 - March 22, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I really don't think Sony going to sue this guy because this has no risk of piracy damage to Sony.
  • TheHowetzer - March 22, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    I am hard pressed to think of a bigger waste of time/energy/brainpower. But, ahh.....congratz? I guess. At least now the kinect will know what it's like to talk to a machine thats not going to red ring on it and leave it all cold and alone. lol
  • Xerxes667 - March 22, 2011 6:38 a.m.

    am i the only one who thinks this is probably a hilarious prank with someone off screen using a regular controller? i mean i'm sure u guys check your sources and stuff... but that had to occurred to someone else too right? anyway if its real, its a good first step, even tho the thought of playing with a Kinect, or even a Move, makes my skin crawl... if its fake... its hilarious that you posted it....
  • Anderstmnt - March 22, 2011 5:35 a.m.

    lol, I can't believe the ignorant Xbox Fanboy said this is a reason to buy a PS3, Kinect fails, the only game they made worth playing is a Dancing game. but PS3 is putting there little Stick of Awesome to work, & even 3rd Party developers are using it, EA specifically. Kids, drop those Xboxs & pick-up a good game console, Believe me, I know, I owned an Xbox360 since 2008. PS3 FOREVER!
  • Shagnasty - March 22, 2011 2:27 a.m.

    Finally some use for the Kinect! Microsoft should hire this guy!
  • mockraven - March 22, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    Pretty cool seeing how he applied it to Killzone 3. My only complaint is: Use a tripod! They're pretty cheap anymore and make having a second person standing there and recording a wobbly video unnecessary. (Of course the camera guy could be using a phone-cam for all I know.) Anyway, awesome stuff. Hope some devs either hire him or take some inspiration on how to make motion controls viable with their major titles and not just some family sports games.
  • EvilChicken - March 22, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    I could make a comment on this, but I'm going to be attacked by Xbox fanboys, so I will hold myself back
  • Spart4n029 - March 22, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    No doubt
  • Pocotron - March 22, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Spart4n029 sure does reel of a certain xboxrulez, if ya know what I'm sayin'...
  • chrisat928 - March 22, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    No, morons, Sony isn't going to take this guy to court. He's not trying to pirate games.
  • Spart4n029 - March 22, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    Now people have an actuall reason to even consider buying a PS3. And ook where that reason came from...
  • FauxFurry - March 22, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    There. Now Kinect has a 'hardcore' game. That's almost worth being banned from the PSN (and buying a Kinect sensor) to experience first hand...almost. I can see why the third-party devs have been releasing the on-rails, QTE heavy mess that they have, judging from how much trouble even basic movement looked to pull off in KZ3 in the video but at least the guy is trying! Instead of slamming this guy in the pokey or tying his hands up in a lawsuit straightjacket, how about the guys at Microsoft hire Goel and others like him to actually make Kinect viable for controller-free movement in a 3-dimensional space (if they don't want to release a Kinect treadmill or something to that effect)?
  • Pocotron - March 22, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    It is really weird! All these articles about what the Kinect can do! But nothing about the vidya games...
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - March 22, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    At least Billy Gates doesn't have to worry about someone hacking Kinect to work on a Wii. ZING!
  • FunnyNameHere - March 22, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    Is Sony going to send the police after this guy too?
  • Triscuitable - March 22, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    This shows that the PS3 can have nice motion controls! Also first.

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