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Xbox 360 Kinect: Hacker gets $3000 Payout, Microsoft on Warpath

Remember that story we reported on a few days ago informing you about the guy who managed to ‘hack’ Microsoft’s new Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360 and create custom drivers for it? Well, it looks like he’s now been paid for his efforts.

According to this article from ArsTechnica, developer Hector Martin has now been paid $3000 by DIY hardware company Adafruit for his development work on Kinect. We thought the bounty was $2000 initially, but $1000 has been added to the kitty – good news for him.

However, it’s not so good news for Microsoft, as they are now aware of the situation and are obviously not too pleased about it. Microsoft has now come out and stated that they are against ‘reverse engineering’ and will now start to pursue legal measures to ensure that Kinect isn’t tampered with in the future.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you support the the open source development of the Kinect camera, which could lead to some interesting features for Xbox 360 owners, or are you against the idea? Full article over at Ars.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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