After months of digging its heels in, Oculus has at last relented and ditched the hardware check DRM in its Oculus Store. The change means any and every head-mounted VR display can be used on the Oculus Store, regardless of manufacturer.
It comes after Oculus attempted to block HTC Vive owners from playing Oculus exclusives such as Lucky's Tale and Edge of Nowhere, but backfired when an enterprising developer pushed out a LibreVR which opened the store to all. Oculus attempted to counter this with its own security patch, inadvertently removing all security checks for games, even bypassing the check of whether the user owned a particular game.
Oculus issued a statement to accompany its June update for the Oculus Rift, saying the patch "removed the check for Rift hardware from the entitlement check,” further clarifying that “[Oculus] won’t 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.”
That’s a big win for VR PC gamers, breaking down the barriers of the closed Oculus Store and meaning both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners can play all virtual reality titles, whether they be on Steam or the Oculus Store.
Is this the news you’ve been waiting for to splash out on a VR headset?