The monthly cycle of hacks and patches never seems to end. Whether it’s video games, artistic software, or an entertainment platform, modders have always seemed to find a way to get around developer and manufacturer blockades. While the majority of the community tends to focus on getting games from older platforms to work on PC’s, some community members have set their sights on other ventures. Some such community members over at the software company Re-Vive have made it their mission to keep Oculus Rift games working on the HTC Vive virtual reality headset.
The group had the software working in the past, which acted as a communication layer between Valve’s Steam VR platform and Oculus’ codebase to interpret Rift games on the Vive. Recently though, in an update by Oculus said to be filled with “updates to platform integrity checks”, the group’s Re-Vive software has been rendered essentially unusable. According to Oculus spokesperson Jim Redner, the new update was added for the sole purpose of “curbing piracy and protecting apps that developers have worked so hard to make”. This is a bit of a confusing spectacle, as Oculus founder Palmer Lucky himself was quoted saying:
If customers buy a game from us, I don’t care if they mod it to run on whatever they want. 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.
Sadly, Lucky is not the only one controlling Oculus at this point. Facebook owns the company, and can essentially tell it to do whatever it wants with the platform. To large corporations such as Facebook, intellectual property is one of the most valuable assets they can possess, and a patch like this wasn’t exactly unexpected. Other corporations have done very similar things in the past, but as history has shown, nothing can be blocked forever.
As the quote goes, “All the smart people don’t work for you.” Are you bumbed out by the recent update? Were there any Rift exclusive titles that you just NEED to play on your Vive? Let us know in the comments below.
via: Ars Technica