Rift exclusive titles hacked, Oculus responds

A developer has recently released software named ‘Revive’ to permit the Rift’s exclusive game titles to be run on a HTC Vive. The principle behind it is to build a compatibility layer between Oculus SDK and HTC Vive’s OpenVR. With this method users of HTC Vive can enjoy exclusive games like “Lucky’s Tale” on Oculus’ virtual reality headset.

Image shows "Lucky's Tale" - available for the Rift
Image shows “Lucky’s Tale” – available for the Rift

The hacking process requires special patches and only permits use of games using an Xbox controller. It even supports the Chaperone technology in HTC’s Vive so players can see virtual walls inside the game. The developer is willing to continue development and support for OpenGL and DirectX12.

However in a recent official statement, Oculus defined this behaviour as a ‘hack’ and warned users not to expect this will work long. They responded:

This is a hack and we don’t condone it. Users should expect that hacked games won’t work indefinitely, as regular software updates to games, apps, and our platform are likely to break hacked software.

CrossVR, the developer behind ‘Revive’ was calm with the response and replied:

Of course, they can’t condone it, that would mean they’d have to actively support the Revive project, which is completely outside of their control. But from that reaction it doesn’t seem they’ll actively try to prohibit it either.They’re worried people may buy games expecting them to work on the Vive and they may get disappointed. Especially if I can’t keep feature parity with the Oculus SDK, which is what the comment about future updates is about.This is exactly the reason why, for the first version of Revive, I chose to only actively support two games you could get for free in the Oculus Store. Since I don’t want people spending money only to find out that the game they want to play is not yet supported.

[1]  http://www.gamespot.com/articles/rift-games-running-on-vive-are-hacks-says-oculus/1100-6438874/



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