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Microsoft Denies ''Hacked Kinect'' Reports

Monday Microsoft issued a statement shortly after reports had surfaced of someone hacking the just-released Kinect motion-sensing device for the Xbox 360.

As seen on Monday, a video emerged showing the supposed hacked Xbox 360 Kinect device used on Windows 7 for the PC. The device's color and infrared feeds were seen on-screen along with real-time accelerometer data. The motor was also under the control of hacker AlexP, obeying his command like an obedient robot by nodding at the camera.

Microsoft caught wind of the supposed hack Monday evening in quickly swooped in with an official denial. The company seems rather sensitive in regards to the use of the "hack" term and wanted to clarify.

"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," a spokesperson said in an email to Gamespot. "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."

Naturally Microsoft encourages its customers to use the Kinect device with the Xbox 360 "to get the best experience as possible."

The latest "hack" is a byproduct of a contest sponsored by New York-based Adafruit Industries which is offering $2,000 for anyone who can operate the Kinect device without the Xbox 360 attached. AlexP of the NUI Group has appeared to have accomplished the feat while gaining a little attention from the industry in the process.

Previously AlexP wrote similar drivers for Sony's PlayStation Eye so that it could be used on PCs.