Oculus Rift Headsets Are Working Again Following Unexpected Downtime

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Rather than being able to jump into VR, Oculus Rift owners around the world were greeted with a dialog preventing them even using their headsets.

It turns out that the problem was that Oculus forgot to renew its security certificate. Oculus acknowledged the issue on Twitter and said it is working to fix the problem. Here's what you need to do.

Open OculusSetup.exe and follow the onscreen instructions to install the latest version of the Oculus app.

Next, download the patch itself. When launching the Oculus desktop software, users received an error message indicating the software couldn't connect with the Oculus Runtime Service. Until then Oculus Rift owners will have to settle for plain old boring regular reality.

The issue was first reported on Reddit, where a post on the topic invited hundreds of comments from users facing the same issue. Run the executable, and select "Repair".

All you have to do is head to oculus.com/rift-patch/ and click on "Download Install Patch".

Windows certificates are a pretty basic part of modern software, and it's embarrassing for a company as big as Oculus - with the backing of Facebook - to let this happen.

Once it's finished, you'll get a pop-up.

Restart the Oculus software by executing the following commands in the same cmd window.

After nearly a full day of downtime, Oculus has finally resolved the major issue that plagued nearly every Rift around the world: they had stopped working.

If you tried your own homebrew method yesterday or some other kind of workaround, it's possible that you broke something. It's probably best to just wait for Oculus to fix it, unfortunately.