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Oculus Runtime 1.4 update breaks ReVive HTC Vive compatibility hack

Oculus Runtime 1.4 update breaks ReVive HTC Vive compatibility tool

Oculus Runtime 1.4 update breaks ReVive HTC Vive compatibility tool

Oculus Runtime 1.4 update breaks ReVive HTC Vive compatibility hack

 

The ReVive compatibility hack has become very popular among HTV Vive users, allowing them to play Oculus Rift Exclusive titles on their HMD and even allowing them to fully integrate Oculus Rift Games into SteamVR. 

Oculus has never condoned  the recent HTC Vive software compatibility hacks for Oculus Exclusive VR Titles like Oculus Dreamdeck and Lucky's Tale, stating that "updates to games, apps, and our platform are likely to break hacked software". It seems that now Oculus has put their words into action by only allowing VR applications to open after the software specifically checks if there is an Oculus Device attached to the PC.  

  

    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

 

Right now users have reported that they can still play Oculus Games on their HTC Vive headsets, but only if they also have an Oculus device attached to their systems, which includes the Oculus DK1 and DK2. Right now LibreVR, the creator of the ReVive compatibility layer is working towards a fix saying that he will "examine the update this weekend and see what measures they've taken". 

 

  Oculus Runtime 1.4 update breaks ReVive HTC Vive compatibility tool   

While Oculus has stated that this recent runtime update was for "Bug fixes and security updates, including updates to platform integrity checks", it is clear that they have designed this update to specifically target the ReVive compatibility hack. While Oculus has good reason to protect the exclusivity of Oculus software, 

Right now it is unknown if a "proper workaround" for this new runtime update will be permanent, at it will likely be the start of a cat and mouse chase between the developers at Oculus and the developer of ReVive. Only time will tell if ReVive will have a future on the Oculus Storefront.  

 

You can join the discussion on Oculus breaking HTC Vive ReVive compatibility with an Oculus Runtime update on the OC3D Forums

 

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20-05-2016, 19:31:06

Kilbane
What amazes me more than anything in this situation is how the public have reacted to "Exclusivity" to one brand over another.

If a game runs better on one set of hardware better than another, people call it biased and unfair. With the advent of VR headsets, it has become perfectly acceptable for the consumer to be told that you can only use this software with one brand over the other. Yes I understand the idea of Oculus having certain exclusives, as a business point it is an obvious move. But as a software developer, being forced to openly advertise your product as locked to a certain device is once again dividing the consumer.

Why can't we all live happily and everyone get a fair and just world to live in? ...... The eternal optimist in me will always wait for this to happen.Quote
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