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Enhance’s latest title, Tetris Effect, has been released exclusively for the Epic Games Store. The title has been developed for 2D play, as well as with virtual reality in mind, supporting both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted displays. However, there is a slight hurdle to use the VR mode. In an ironic twist, SteamVR is required to use either headset. While the game is not available for purchase on Steam, the program is still required to play Tetris Effect in VR.

 

In an article from DSOG, Epic responded, stating:

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Tetris Effect VR does require require SteamVR, both on HTC Vive and Oculus. You can find full details on the Tetris Effect’s Epic Game store FAQ.

 

Of course, the non-VR portions of the game do not require any sort of Steam usage. Enhance has provided no comment as to why SteamVR was chosen, yet not released on the Steam platform.

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What's newsworthy about this? There are games on Steam built on Unreal Engine, protected by Easy Anti Cheat. There is DualShock support in games released for Windows.

Valve were involved in the development of Vive, so it's natural that it relies on their component. Oculus devices do not require SteamVR, and no devices require the Steam client itself.

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