This Is How Oculus Rift "Exclusives" Can Run on HTC Vive

Lucky's Tale and Oculus Dreamdeck can now work with Vive, thanks to third-party software.


If you own a Vive and wish you could play the Oculus Rift's exclusive games and demos, then new third-party software might be able to help you. The "Revive" software allows users to play platformer Lucky's Tale and the Oculus Dreamdeck on HTC's headset.

Reddit user CrossVR shared the files on Github. Revive works as a compatibility layer between Oculus SDK and OpenVR, the development platforms for the Rift and Vive respectively. If it works as advertised, it means Oculus exclusive games can be played on the Vive.

"It works by reimplementing functions from the Oculus Runtime and translating them to OpenVR calls," the description on Github reads. "Unfortunately Oculus has implemented a Code Signing check on the Runtime DLLs, therefore the Revive DLLs cannot be used unless the application is patched."

Experiences seem to vary among Reddit users, some saying it works great, while others receive error messages. PC Gamer says it's experienced slight input lag and frame rate drops while playing Lucky's Tale. CrossVR says the software is currently an alpha version and will fix any issues that are found.

"I'll keep working on ironing out any issues people run into," they said. "[T]his is version 0.2 and there will be many more as there is still plenty of work to do."

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CrossVR also said that it might already work with other Oculus games and demos, but they've only tested Lucky's Tale and Dreamdeck.

"It's still early days for this project, since it's only been in development for a few weeks," they said. "In the future more games will be supported, but I'm glad to see such swift progress already."

You can check out the Revive files for yourself right here.

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