Job call: Looking for a Windows driver programmer

PSMovePhoto by Brent Knepper

We’re Die Gute Fabrik, and we’re looking to hire a savvy programmer to help us get the PlayStation Move controller (and possibly other wireless motion controllers) working on Windows, for our award-winning motion control game Johann Sebastian Joust.

We think we need someone who can write some kind of filter driver to get Bluetooth pairing working robustly on Windows 7 & 8.

To be honest, we’re not quite certain about the full scope of the job, but we’d like to talk it through with anyone who might be interested.

If we succeed (big if!) we plan to open-source any resulting code/utilities back to the psmoveapi community.

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More Info:

Since finishing our game Sportsfriends for PlayStation 3 & 4 last May, we’ve been working on the Windows/Mac/Linux port. Progress has been frustratingly slow-going. In particular, we’re battling hairy Bluetooth & PS Move technical issues on all three platforms.

The PS Move works on some versions of Linux and OS X – and sometimes with awkward complications. We’re still looking into workarounds.

Meanwhile, we have not been able to make any progress on Windows. (We even asked Microsoft themselves, but they weren’t able to assist us). The open-source psmoveapi which we use seems to work well on Windows once a controller is successfully paired, but the pairing process on Windows (especially Windows 8) is extremely spotty at best. The PS Move controller seems to use a somewhat non-standard Bluetooth communication protocol.

At this point, it’s clear that a robust Windows version of the psmoveapi is beyond our abilities. But we’re loathe to give up entirely, as we’d love to make JS Joust available to as many people as possible. So we’re posting this call to see if we might be able to hire someone to help.

We’d be looking to hire a short-term programmer (contractor). Our current team is distributed (I’m based in NYC, and our lead programmer Jonathan is based in Oxford) which means you could work remotely.

We’re looking for someone who knows about Windows drivers and possibly has Bluetooth experience.

Interested? Get in touch with us at sportsfriends@gutefabrik.com.

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One Response to Job call: Looking for a Windows driver programmer

  1. Benson says:

    GOOD LUCK! I’ve been waiting and waiting for this to come to PC or Linux so I can play it outdoors. I hope you guys make some progress!

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