Oculus Rift whiffed, VR fanbois miffed

08 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Every Oculus Rift VR headset bricked due to expired certificate

Oculus Rift users around the world have not been able to play their favorite VR games today due to a software issue affecting the popular headset.

PCMag encountered the same error trying to run an Oculus Rift in NY. Owners attempting to start their virtual reality headset's software are getting a "Can't Reach Oculus Runtime Service" error, similar to the one received below by Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton.

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Users and developers managed to narrow down the problem to a particular.dll file called OculusAppFramework.dll. As it turns out the cataclysmic issue is related to an outdated certificate that Oculus forgot to renew. One possible explanation is that an Oculus security certificate expired today. "Our teams apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you and appreciate your patience while we work on a resolution". That means Oculus owners will probably have to wait at least a few more hours, and perhaps as much as a day or two, before their headsets are in working order again. Though many are still looking for a solution, at least now we know that Oculus is aware of the problem and are actively searching for a fix. Thankfully, there appears to be a workaround at present - by disabling the Automatically set System date and time option inside Windows, then changing your PC's date to a week or so ago, when the certificate was still valid.

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