CinemaBlend previously reported on this story about the “hack” someone had discovered which allowed players to play “exclusive” Oculus Rift games on its competitor, the HTC Vive, rendering them no longer “exclusive.” Now Oculus is stepping forward calling the process a total hack and that a software update will not allow this madness to continue.
According To GameSpot, Reddit User CrossVR uploaded files to Reddit which allowed players to play Lucky’s Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck on the HTC Vive, two games that were supposed to be exclusive to the Oculus Rift. Oculus sent a statement to Ars Technica after the news, stating,
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.
The Reddit user CrossVR has since replied to Oculus’ statement, saying,
Of course, they can't condone it, that would mean they'd have to actively support the Revive project, which is completely outside of their control. But from that reaction it doesn't seem they'll actively try to prohibit it either. They're worried people may buy games expecting them to work on the Vive and they may get disappointed. Especially if I can't keep feature parity with the Oculus SDK, which is what the comment about future updates is about.
I think it’s very fair that Oculus doesn’t condone the “hack” because these games that are supposed to be exclusive to Oculus are now being leaked over to its competitor. I mean one of the reasons PS4 and Xbox One have exclusive games like Uncharted and Halo is so that maybe people will decide to buy the console just to play the game; I’ve seen this first hand during my time as an Assistant Store Manager at GameStop. So many times someone will come in and be like, “I need to buy the Xbox One so I can play Halo 5!” But I do disagree with CrossVR in that I think Oculus isn’t slacking on prohibiting it, I just think they have nothing to worry about because the next software update will take out the compatibility. So really, they’re letting people have their fun for the short period before the update and then there’ll be nothing to worry about.