Oculus Founder Says Users Could Port Their Games to Other Hardware
Back in July, Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey said in a statement that the Rift is an “open platform,” and that they have no intention to lock their own hardware. Recently, Luckey took to Reddit and made another important announcement, saying it will be okay for users to mod games to run on other headsets, provided they were purchased through their store.
If customers buy a game from us, I don’t care if they mod it to run on whatever they want. As I have said a million times (and counter to the current circlejerk), our goal is not to profit by locking people to only our hardware – if it was, why in the world would we be supporting GearVR and talking with other headset makers? The software we create through Oculus Studios (using a mix of internal and external developers) are exclusive to the Oculus platform, not the Rift itself.
Luckey added that they do want to work with other hardware vendors, but supporting other headsets isn’t a priority for launch. Further, there are “a lot of shitty headsets coming,” he said, and they are not going to support them at the expense of their own launch. That understandably makes sense, given the effort and hard work it takes to make a quality VR game.
As for supporting the handful of good headsets, Luckey said it depends on “cooperation from both parties, which is sometimes impossible for reasons outside our control.”
The Oculus DK2 is the latest development kit for the Rift with a low-persistence OLED display and low-latency positional head tracking. Oculus has already sold out of its Rift DK 2 headsets and it won’t be replenishing stock. The Rift consumer price will be around $350 and is scheduled for general availability next March.