Oculus update stops Rift games on Vive, Revive responds with update bypassing DRM

Oculus updated its app last week, which stopped the Revive patch that allowed HTC Vive users to access games from the Oculus store.

Until last week, players could use Revive to access the Oculus store. However, Revive developer CrossVR posted on Reddit last Friday that Oculus’ latest update which included ‘platform integrity checks’, had broken support for Revive.

“Tl;dr: Oculus prevented people who don’t own an Oculus Rift from playing Oculus Home games,” they wrote.

Vive fans weren’t best pleased, and took to that and subsequent threads to air their views about the “arms race”.

In particular, many members brought up Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey’s former comments on the issue, posted about five months ago on Reddit:

“If customers buy a game from us, I don't care if they mod it to run on whatever they want. As I have said a million times (and counter to the current circlejerk), our goal is not to profit by locking people to only our hardware - if it was, why in the world would we be supporting GearVR and talking with other headset makers?

“The software we create through Oculus Studios (using a mix of internal and external developers) are exclusive to the Oculus platform, not the Rift itself,” he had written.

Update: Patch now bypasses Oculus DRM

Revive used to act - in very basic terms - as a translator between Rift and the Vive. But a new update announced by the Revive creator at the weekend means the software now bypasses Oculus’ digital rights management (DRM) in Unreal Engine games.

However, developer LibreVR wrote that they don’t support piracy and advises downloaders not to use it for pirated copies.

According to gaming website Gamasutra, Oculus responded to the update, saying it included an entitlement check to curb piracy and protect games and apps that developers “have worked so hard to make”.

A spokesperson reportedly added the update was not aimed at a specific hack, and that the company takes security and the integrity of it system software “very seriously”.

 

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