It’s no secret that Sony’s much heralded wireless controller, the Playstation Move, was destroyed in sales by the Microsoft Kinect, a sensor device which reads body language, rather than use controller inputs. But Sony hopes to get it’s mojo back by following Kinect into the PC world. Only they may do it by going open source.
To hear Doctor Richard Marks, the Move’s chief architect, talk about it with ARS, it’s clear that there’s plenty of potential left in the Playstation Move and he wants to unlock it:
“I would really like to see it happen, so all the really creative minds in the labs and the hobbyists can actually play around with it. But as of now, we haven’t announced anything official. But it is something I really want to see happen as soon as possible.”
And while it would be a welcome site for hackers and home brewers to see a shift towards open source development, that certainly hasn’t been the case since Sony has actively sought to shut down home development by any means necessary including root kits, legal action, and disabling functions in firmware updates. But when market share begins to dwindle, maybe embracing that which you fear is the best option. Either that or desperate times call for separate measures.