Oculus Rifts bricked worldwide by software certification issue

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Oculus Rift owners received a shock yesterday when a software certification issue left them temporarily unable to use their VR headsets.

In a statement on its website, Facebook-owned Oculus said: “We are aware of and actively investigating an issue impacting the ability to access Rift software. This is an issue with our software certification that we’re still actively working on. For security, we use a certificate to ensure that the software you receive actually comes from Oculus. That certificate has expired, and we’re looking at a few different ways to resolve the issue.”

The good news is that the company moved swiftly to resolve the issue, and says: “We now have an Oculus software update in place that fixes the issue where Rift may fail to start up.” If you have an Oculus Rift and still haven’t managed to get it working again, there are instructions regarding how to do so here on Oculus’s website. 

Oculus deserves credit for moving quickly to resolve the problem, but the fact that it derived from such a trivial cause is somewhat embarrassing. However, at least Rift owners can now download an update and resurrect their temporarily disabled hardware.