Oculus Rift exclusive title Robo Recall – which launched just yesterday – can already be played on the HTC Vive, using the infamous Revive mod. And, as you can see in this video, the game seems to work remarkably well.
Oculus’ approach to encouraging development on their Rift virtual reality platform via funded exclusive (be that timed or permanent) has been one of the most divisive and hotly discussed since consumer VR became a reality. It’s something that’s divided the VR community and is brought into sharp focus when exclusive titles are perceived as particularly desirable, as is the case with Robo Recall – a title developed by Epic Games exclusively for Oculus Rift and Touch motion controllers, published though Oculus’ content portal Home.
Whatever your views are on Oculus’ stance on the subject of exclusivity, the fact remains that there are a lot of VR enthusiasts out there who only own the Steam VR powered HTC Vive headset who would very much like to play Robo Recall, one of the most polished VR titles yet published. Luckily for them they can, thanks to the infamous Revive software mod, and as seen in the video above, this is exactly what some Vive owners are now doing.
What’s perhaps surprising is how well it seems to work. The YouTuber MERPTV (above) puts the title through its paces, with the most obvious potential issue – the lack of thumbsticks on the Vive’s Steam VR controllers – taken care of with the trackpads used in substitute.
Of course, if you don’t own an Oculus Rift and Touch device, the title won’t be free to play on the Vive. You’ll need to stump up the £22.99 ($29.99 in the US) on the Oculus Store to get access to the game first – a price I’m sure many are willing to pay for such a polished VR title. After which, Vive users should head to Revive’s GitHub page which includes the latest version of the injection software as well as a setup guide for new users. One important note here – we’ve not yet had a chance to try this out for ourselves and would point out that running such a configuration will be officially unsupported by the software’s developers and publishers. If you’re happy with those caveats, you should be good to go.
Of course, the game was developed with the Touch controllers in mind, and as pointed about above, although using the SteamVR controllers may not be the optimal experience, they are certainly more than functional.
Let us know how you get on with Robo Recall on the Vive using Revive in the comments below.