Oculus has said it considers Revive, a program that enables Rift-exclusive games to be played on HTC’s Vive headset, to be a “hack,” and has stated future software updates will likely remove compatibility with the software.
On April 14, Reddit user CrossVR shared files that allowed Lucky’s Tale and the Oculus Dreamdeck to be playable on HTC’s headset. In response, Oculus said “this is a hack, and we don’t condone it.”
In a statement to Ars Technica, the VR company added that “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.”
Revive creator CrossVR has said Oculus’ reaction was “perfectly fine.”
“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,” he added. “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.”
He continued: “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.”
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