Sunday 23 October 2016

Oculus shutting down Vive hack

Daniel Anderson

Published 18/04/2016 | 16:24

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift

Some clever sorts have already figured out a way to make Oculus Rift exclusive games work on the Vive, but not for long

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Amasingly, there are now two virtual reality headsets out there to buy - the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

They're both rival systems though there be some cross over in terms of games via SteamVR, so it was especially interesting when hack emerged last week which allowed Rift games to be played on the Vive.

These titles so far include Rift exclusive Lucky's Tale and the people behind Rift are being pretty open about how they feel. Basically they see the exploit as a hack and want it shut down asap.

"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." via Ars Technica

The language used suggests that they're going to be pushing out software updates to break the exploit in any way they can, and they'll continue to do so in the future. Cross emulation between the two systems was always going to happen, especially as this first generation is targeted at PC hobbyists with serious hardware and no doubt some software skills to match, so it's unlikely that there will ever be a foolproof block in place.

For now though if you have a Vive and fancy checking out some Rift games, the hack still works and you'll probably have no trouble finding the steps to set it up in the wilds of the internet.

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