Multimorphic shows off its modular, open-source P3 Pinball machine at SXSW

When we spoke to Gary Stern way back in January at CES, the pinball exec let it be known that his was the only company currently producing pinball machines — and while that may be accurate so far as actual shipping systems go, there are a handful of startups looking to get into the game. One of the more compelling examples we’ve seen is the offering from Multimorphic, a local company showcasing a prototype at SXSW Interactive’s Game Expo.

The P3 is interesting for a number of reasons. First, and arguably most importantly, is the modular nature of the machine. If you take a look at the (still unfinished) sides of the cabinet, you can see a big slit down the center, where the top can be lifted off and replaced — since the machine is targeted toward home users, there’s no concern about vandalism there. The idea is to essentially offer a platform to both developers and at-home hackers to create their own games atop what is essentially a clean slate.



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