Oculus 1.4 Update Prevents HTC Vive Running Oculus Software


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Back in April, you could run Oculus games on your HTC Vive. However, a recent Oculus software update has broken all that.

The new Oculus App 1.4 update breaks a hack that allowed Oculus games to run on VR headsets from HTC. These new measures, according to the Oculus App 1.4 release notes, encompass “bug fixes and security updates, including updates to platform integrity checks.”

These new integrity checks prevent Revive, the piece of software that let Oculus games run on the HTC Vive headset, from running, essential blocking games to only Oculus hardware.

Several months back, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Reddit and stated, “If customers buy a game from us, I don’t care if they mod it to run on whatever they want.” He went on to explain that, “[Oculus’s] goal is not to profit by locking people to only our hardware.” Palmer's statements made it appear Oculus would take a hands-off approach when it comes to locking games down to Oculus hardware. Maybe this was not the case after all.

1.4 Updates include:

  • Improvements to performance and system stability
  • Improvements to sensor tracking under certain circumstances
  • Bug fixes and security updates, including updates to platform integrity checks
  • AUD, CAD, Euro, Pound, and Yen currencies supported by all games in applicable markets
  • With this update, version 16.5.2 of the AMD driver can cause flickering on your computer screen. AMD is working on a fix. If you encounter this issue, use the 16.5.1 driver: https://support.oculus.com/1426791537346223
The 1.4 update occurs automatically, nothing needs to be done.