Palmer Luckey just reportedly pledged $2,000 to CrossVR’s Patreon campaign which is used to fund the ongoing development of ReVive, a popular hack that allows Vive users to play Oculus-exclusive content that isn’t released on Steam. The move comes off as a bit of a surprise due to the fact that Luckey is the inventor of the Oculus Rift and co-founder of Oculus VR, a company that he is no longer a part of after leaving in March of this year.
Back in April of 2016 we published a story about ReVive when it first rose to popularity. As a result, Oculus’ PR team responded stating that, “This is a hack, and we don’t condone it. Users should expect that hacked games won’t work indefinitely, as regular software updates to games, apps, and our platform are likely to break hacked software.”
That very next month a new update to Oculus Home blocked ReVive access, which was eventually remedied with Oculus even reportedly working to increase compatibility with the likes of ReVive.
As it stands it’s unclear whether or not this relatively small donation is a sign of any growing support he may have for ReVive or any other non-Oculus products and software. CrossVR’s Patreon is set up so that the account receives funds on a monthly basis, so it’s likely that this constitutes an ongoing monthly pledge that will recur.
We’ve reached out to Luckey for confirmation on the donation coming from him and will update this story once we know more.