Revive circumvents security checks added in latest Oculus update0 Comments
Just last Friday, Oculus released an update to the official Oculus app that implemented new "platform integrity checks" as an additional security measure. Among other things, it rendered Revive, a software that allowed users to play Rift-exclusive games on the HTC Vive, completely useless. However, just a few days later, Revive developer Libre VR released a new version of the software that manages to circumvent the new integrity checks. The catch is that getting around that new layer of security also meant getting around checks for legitimate ownership of software, which potentially (read: definitely) makes Revive a potent tool for piracy.
The Revive developer has asserted that the software is not meant to promote piracy in any way. Instead, it's simply meant to allow users to play software they own on any compatible hardware that they own. It's something that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has stated he has no problem with — the official quote via Reddit reads, "If customers buy a game from us, I don't care if they mod it to run on whatever they want."
The Oculus app update certainly had some not-so-surprising consequences regarding Revive, and Revive has kept to its stated goals. Whether or not Oculus will continue to suppress software like Revive is unknown, but if the battle continues, chances are strong that Luckey will have to formally address the situation.
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