While HTC Vive and PlayStation VR owners were happily waving their arms and looking around at fantastic nothingness yesterday, owners of the popular Oculus Rift VR headset were having a wholly different experience – they were stuck out here in the real world, where the monsters are in our hearts and getting hit hurts a lot more.
A widespread technical problem took the headset down for, well, everyone on Wednesday, leaving Rift users unable to even boot up headsets – all thanks to an expired security certificate. At around 3 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, Oculus announced that a fix was rolling out:
Hey all – thank for your patience. We now have an Oculus software update in place that fixes the issue where Rift may fail to start up. For more info and instructions, please go here: https://t.co/gYz2G4Fon7
Thank you once again for your patience.
— Oculus Rift (@OculusRift) March 8, 2018
“There is an issue with our software certification that we’re still actively working on,” Oculus had said earlier in a blog post to its website. “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.”
As Oculus says, the certificate helps ensure that software used by the headset is valid. With that certificate expired, it’s kind of like someone locked the door and then lost the key – Oculus was locked out in the cold. Not only were those of us at home affected but so were developers making games and software for the device.
The issue is resolved, but Oculus probably has millions of users out there looking at their headsets, wondering if they made the right decision when they chose the Rift over other hardware. But at least now we can once again leave the world behind and dive back into Robo Recall and SUPERHOT.