Oculus Issues Update For Rift Store Which Removes DRM Hardware Checks

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 10:00 AM

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?

Source: UploadVR

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15:12 Jun-28-2016

I call this a big win for gamers in general rather than a win for VR. DRM is evil and it's evil to say otherwise.

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12:13 Jun-28-2016

Nice! I was considering Vive but it bugged me that some games were Oculus exclusives :/
Ain't the case no-moar! (^_^)

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12:00 Jun-28-2016

I hope I don't ever meet an Oculus official in a dark back road.
Because I'm sure all this backpedaling gave them some crazy upper body strength.

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04:17 Jun-30-2016

I laughed to this more then i should have xD

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10:03 Jun-28-2016

This won't make me go out and buy a VR headset anytime soon, but I'm glad that Vive and Oculus users can now play the same games as each other. Honestly, it should've been that way since the start.

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