Once the Kinect hacks started flowing, interactive porn was bound to happen.
And so we have ThriXXX claiming the first working demo of motion-controlled groping. The company plans to make Kinect compatible with all of its sex games - "Fetish 3D" and "3D SexVilla" among them - next year. A tech demo, uploaded to YouTube is already flagged as inappropriate.
Obviously, ThriXXX's games won't be available on Xbox 360. They're strictly for Windows, which means ThriXXX could potentially release the first commercial use of Kinect in a PC game. I really hope that doesn't happen.
Kinect's hackers have shown us some mind-blowing possibilities for Microsoft's motion-sensing camera, from playing with your shadow to drawing in 3D to playing classic NES games to robots. But all of these projects, at least to my knowledge, are proofs of concept that you can't easily try at home. ThriXXX, on the other hand, intends to make Kinect compatible with its existing sex games, which are free to download but offer in-game purchases and memberships.
Ideally, Microsoft would open up Kinect to independent developers on both the Xbox 360 and Windows, so we might see some better ideas for sale than virtual porn, but the company hasn't committed to a timeline. As of late November, Xbox's director of incubation, Alex Kipman, said its XNA Studio development tools are "something that we will support in the future." Microsoft's Kinect plans for Windows are still a mystery.
ThriXXX's exact release plans aren't clear. For all we know, the tech demo could be a publicity stunt, and the implementation in commercial software may never happen. But if it does, and Microsoft isn't already letting developers create more purposeful software, it'll be a disgrace.
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