Unofficial patch lets you play Oculus games on the HTC Vive
Thanks to an unofficial software patch, owners of the HTC Vive can now play games that were previously exclusive to rival virtual reality headset the Oculus Rift.
Currently the patch only works with two games - Lucky's Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck. Further updates that will bring support for other Oculus titles are expected to follow.
The developer of the patch, known as LibreVR, has made it available for anyone to download through the code repository site GitHub. Installing and running the patch may prove tricky for less experienced users, due to the combination of files it needs to get games working.
Sam Machkovech, a writer for Ars Technica, said after trying the patch "HTC Vive owners now have a free, simple way to access some of Oculus' most impressive launch offerings". Oculus has come out and denounced the project, stating "this is a hack, and we don't condone it". The company also warned that users shouldn't expect hacked games to work indefinitely, as it would be fixing the loopholes used by the patch in future software updates.
The ability to play formerly Oculus exclusive games on rival platforms such the Vive may come as a further blow to the company, who despite often being portrayed as the poster child for the VR industry, has seen its product launch to mediocre reviews in comparison to the Vive and suffered from delays in shipping headsets out to customers.
PlayStation VR set to compete with Oculus and Vive
The competition to win the so-called virtually reality war is set to heat up even further later this year when Sony releases the Playstation VR headset, which is now available to preorder in the UK and the US.
While Sony's offering is not expected to be as capable of delivering the same quality of VR experience that the Oculus and Vive do, its cheaper price and brand association with Sony and the PlayStation will mean it should put up some stiff competition to its more expensive rivals.