Oculus Rift headsets have all stopped working earlier today as a result of an expired security certificate.
Reports from Oculus Rift owners worldwide have been pouring in about their headsets not working.
“Can’t Reach Oculus Runtime Service”, and “Failed to initialise with Oculus: Signature Invalid” are some of the error messages reported, and most are not able to launch games and apps through Oculus Home.
The problem was later identified to be the result of an expired Oculus Runtime Service security certificate. “For security, we use a certificate to ensure that the software you receive actually comes from Oculus,” the company said.
“That certificate has expired, and we’re looking at a few different ways to resolve the issue.”
In a later update on Twitter, Oculus confirmed that it’s still working on resolving the issue, but it’s not going to be as simple as you think.
“We’re still working hard to resolve the issue & are in the process of integrating an updated cert. This has some added complexity, as the expired cert blocks our standard update path. We’re working through options & expect to have more details tonight.”
This is clearly a big oversight, but Oculus is not ready to say definitively when the issue will be fixed.
Though you could set your system clock to a time before the certificate’s expiry date, this is not recommended. Depending on the software you have on your PC, some apps check Windows time regularly and could lock you out as a way of preventing tampering with their files.
The best thing to do now is wait. We’ll bring you updates as we have them.
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