[Tutorial] Revive - How to play Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive

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Summary

  • How to use Revive
    • How to download the Oculus app
    • How to download a game in the Oculus app
    • How to configure Revive
    • How to activate the Revive button in the HTC Vive dashboard
    • How to inject Revive into an indie game
    • How to 'patch' Oculus games downloaded from Steam
  • Which Oculus games are compatible with Revive?

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset is a very good device. Some even consider it the best VR headset on the market. Unfortunately, the Vive has one major drawback compared to the Oculus Rift: its catalog of games. Oculus has partnered with numerous developers to ensure a selection of high quality exclusive games available only on Oculus Rift. So, Facebook's VR headset game catalog continues to grow, and widens the gap with the HTC Vive.



Fortunately, there is a solution to fix this problem. Developer LibreVR has created Revive, software for playing Oculus Rift games on HTC Vive. This ambitious project is supported by Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, clearly opposed to the system of exclusives set up by Facebook. Likewise, Valve sent LibreVR a prototype of its new Knuckles motion-sensing controllers as a sign of support.

In May 2016, Oculus attempted to prevent Revive from functioning, by deploying an update that introduced Digital Rights Management software. However, in the face of user fury, Oculus decided to back out and remove this software. so here's how to use Revive.

How to use Revive

How to download the Oculus app

First of all, you will need to download and install the Oculus app. If you don't have Oculus Rift, you might find yourself stuck in a loop during installation. To avoid this inconvenience, carefully follow the procedure below.



Step 1: Go to the Oculus app download page at this address.


Step 2: Click on the “Start Download” button.
Step 3: Save the installation file to the location of your choice.
Step 4: Run the file.
Step 5: Press the “Let's Go” button.


Step 6: Press the “Accept” button.
Step 7: Choose the location where the Oculus apps will be backed up, then click “Next”.
Step 8: Click “Install” to start installing the application.
Step 9: Click “Next”.
Step 13: Click on “Skip configuration”.


Step 14: Click on “Skip configuration”.

How to download a game in the Oculus app

Step 1: Once the app is downloaded, launch the app from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
Step 2: Select the game you want to buy and download from the Oculus Store.


Step 3: On the game page, click on the blue button with the prize listed.
Step 4: Click on the “Add a credit card” or “Add a PayPal account” button, depending on the payment method you want to use.
Step 5: Enter your information.
Step 6: Press the “Save” button.
Step 7: Enter your PIN code.
Step 8: Click on “Buy”.
Step 9: Click on “Install”.
Step 10: Once the game is downloaded, go to the library.
Step 11: Click on "Finish installation".
Step 12: Click “Install”.
Step 13: Click on “Skip Installation”.
Step 14: Click on “Skip Installation”. Make sure you do the last two steps correctly, or the game will not work on Revive.


How to configure Revive

Step 1: Now is the time to configure Revive. Go to Revive's GitHub page to download the installation file there.



Step 2: Click on ReviveInstaller.exe.
Step 3: Save the file.
Step 4: Click on "Accept".
Step 5: Click “Next”.
Step 6: Click “Install”.
Step 7: Click “Close”.
Step 8: Launch SteamVR from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar. Revive will be launched automatically with Steam.
Step 9: Click on the Revive button.


Step 10: Choose the Oculus game you want to launch on HTC Vive. The game starts.

How to activate the Revive button in the HTC Vive dashboard

Si you don't see the Revive button in the HTC Vive dashboard, remove your headset and follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the small arrow on the SteamVR menu.


Step 2: Click on “Settings”.
Step 3: Click on "Applications".
Step 4: Check the “Revive Dashboard” box.

How to inject Revive into an indie game

Revive also allows you to play games that you have not downloaded from Oculus or Steam, like ARK: Survival Evolved for example.

Step 1: Right click on the Revive icon at the bottom right of your taskbar.
Step 2: Click on “Inject”.
Step 3: Click on the indie game of your choice.
Step 4: Click “Open”.


How to 'patch' Oculus games downloaded from Steam

Some Steam games are only compatible with the Oculus Rift. Fortunately, a Revive feature allows you to patch these games to play on HTC Vive. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: Right click on the Revive icon at the bottom right of your taskbar.
Step 2: Click on “Patch”.
Step 3: Click on the Steam game you want to launch on HTC Vive.
Step 4: Click “Open”.


Which Oculus games are compatible with Revive?

Here is the complete list of Oculus games compatible with Revive at the moment. Note that some games work even if they are not officially compatible.

  • ADR1FT
  • Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games
  • AirMech: Command
  • AltspaceVR
  • Anshar Wars 2
  • Assetto Corsa
  • BlazeRush
  • Boursin Sensorium Virtual Reality Experience
  • Bullet train
  • Channel Island Suite
  • Chronos
  • darknet
  • Dead and Buried
  • Dear Angelica
  • Defense Grid 2
  • DiRT Rally
  • Discovering Space
  • Dragon Front
  • Dreadhalls
  • Eagle Flight
  • Echo Arena
  • Edge of Nowhere
  • Wait 2
  • EVE: Valkyrie
  • Farlands
  • Feral Rites
  • First Contact
  • Fly to Kuma
  • G2A Land
  • Henry
  • Herobound
  • Hitman GO: VR Edition
  • I Expect You To Die
  • Invasion!
  • Introduction to Virtual Reality
  • iOMoon
  • Lost
  • Lucky's Tale
  • Medium
  • Mount Wingsuit
  • Nature Treks VR
  • Autopsy
  • Ocean rift
  • Avatars eye
  • Oculus Dreamdeck
  • Oculus Touch Basics
  • Please Don’t Touch Anything
  • Pinball FX2 VR
  • Pool Nation FX Lite
  • Pro Fishing Challenge VR
  • Quill Beta
  • Ripcoil
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • RoboRecall
  • Showdown
  • Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe
  • Smashing the Battle
  • Superhot VR
  • Technolust
  • The Body VR
  • The Climb
  • The Rose and I
  • The Unspoken
  • Toybox
  • Ultrawings
  • Viral Ex
  • VR Karts
  • VR Sports Challenge
  • VR Tennis Online
  • VRIDEO
  • vTime
  • Woofbert VR
  • ZR Zombie Riot

 



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