Tuesday 27 September 2016

Oculus warns against using hacked exclusive games on HTC Vive

Mark O'Beirne

Published 15/04/2016 | 10:17

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift

Oculus has responded to the method used to play Oculus-exclusive games on the HTC Vive, advising players against it.

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Oculus has released a statement in response to the discovery that it will be possible to play Oculus-exclusive titles on rival VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive.

It said, "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."

A Reddit user had found that once you owned Lucky's Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck, which are both freely available from the Oculus Store, you could follow some steps to get them to work on the HTC Vive. They added, "It may work with plenty of other games, but that hasn't been tested by myself."

They see Oculus' stance as perfectly reasonable. Taking to Reddit following Oculus' statement, Cross VR said, "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 theorised that Oculus is worried that people will buy games, expecting them to work on the Vive, only to be left disappointed and out of pocket. This, they say, is why they chose to only actively support the two free games available from the store.

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