New hack allows Rift exclusives to run on the Vive, but Oculus doesn't approve0 Comments
With both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift competing in the PC gaming market, some might be lead to believe that perhaps the games for one should be compatible with the other. Though that's not exactly the case, one developer has indeed managed to create software that patches Rift-exclusive games in order to make them compatible with the Vive.
The patch, or hack, or plugin, whatever you'd like to call it, comes via Reddit user CrossVR, who released the software using the title Revive on GitHub. According to the GitHub page, the software "works by reimplementing functions from the Oculus Runtime and translating them to OpenVR calls."
Seeing as how the Revive tool is being called a "proof-of-concept compatibility layer," the support for it is fairly slim. It also only works on two games so far, Lucky's Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck, and users will be forced to use an Xbox controller in lieu of the Vive controllers.
Cool as it may be, it's not likely to work very well, nor for very long. In a comment sent to IGN, an Oculus representative called the Revive software a "hack," and stated that they don't approve of its use.
"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."
So, any early adopters of the HTC Vive that want to use their headset to try out some Oculus-exclusive software better act fast. It may be that the Revive code stays around for a while, but given a fast-approaching obsolescence, it's a safe bet that it won't be around forever.
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