Facebook's Oculus came to its senses and removed the DRM hardware check for its software titles. Now HTC Vive owners do not need the Rivive's DRM work around.
The cat and mouse game between Oculus and LibreVR is over. Oculus came to its senses and removed the DRM hardware check in the Oculus runtime libraries. LibreVR has already removed the DRM disabling hack from its Revive software.
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HTC Vive owners can now buy Oculus VR titles in peace. You still need the Revive tool to integrate Oculus titles into the SteamVR interface to load for the HTC Vive.
If Oculus would be smart, they would make their stuff compatible for the HTC Vive. Microsoft has understood that cross platform is the way to success. Oculus is already reaching most VR users through Samsung's Gear VR and its own Rift headset. By officially opening up to the HTC Vive, the Oculus platform would basically reach all VR users.
In a statement to Ars Technica the company said: "Oculus will not use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future. We believe protecting developer content is critical to the long-term success of the VR industry, and we’ll continue taking steps in the future to ensure that VR developers can keep investing in ground-breaking new VR content."
The only thing they need to do is to prevent users from making illegal copies from Oculus games. The Oculus store has a summer sale going on until July 5th with savings of up to 75% on Gear VR and Rift titles.
The over 50 titles on sale include Vektron Revenge, Hitman Go, Omega Agent and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
It is still early days for the virtual reality consumer market. It can still go the way of 3D TVs. If it will stay, then hardware is not where the money is as Chinese companies are already gearing up to flood the market with virtual reality headsets. On top of that Oculus can't still make enough Rift to satisfy demand. Order a Rift now and you can expect it to arrive in August.
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The HTC Vive ships now.