Oculus Rift update designed to remove Vive compatibility backfires, enables full-scale piracy
OREANDA-NEWS. May 24, 2016. The creator of Revive, a tool that allows VR games for Oculus Rift to be played on HTC's Vive headset, has released an update that bypasses the Rift's DRM entirely and lets users pirate its software.
On May 22, Oculus released an update that introduced "platform integrity checks" which, among other things, closed the loophole allowing Revive to make Rift games compatible with Vive. Revive's developer, however, has found a workaround that bypasses Oculus' ownership check completely.
"This is my first success at bypassing the DRM," reads an update on the Revive subreddit. "I really didn't want to go down that path. I still do not support piracy, do not use this library for pirated copies."
He added that if he is able to find a workaround that allows Rift games to be played on Vive without bypassing ownership checks entirely, he will implement it. According to Libre VR, he would like to work with Oculus to allow people to play games on both devices without circumventing the ownership check.
Following the release of its update, Oculus explained that the Revive tool wasn't being specifically targeted.