Oculus Rift VR Update Disables Gear

By | 08/03/2018

Oculus Rift logo

Oculus Rift VR, the innovative virtual reality headset, has been rendered useless because of an expired security certificate which was part of a recent software update:

“We are aware of and actively investigating an issue impacting ability to access Rift software. Our teams apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you and appreciate your patience while we work on a resolution. We’ll share more updates here as we have them. Thanks.”

The reason they are having trouble repairing the situation is because the expired secutiy certificate is actually blocking the usual software update path:

“Hey everyone – We’re still working hard to resolve the cert issue. We’re in the process of integrating an updated cert. Unfortunately, pushing the update out to affected users has some added complexity, as the expired cert blocks our standard software update path. We’re working through the options now, and we expect to have more details to share later this evening.”

Security certificates are used to ensure that the update you receive is a genuine update from the software developers/hardware manufacturers.

The issue has since been resolved and Oculcus Rift VR users can go here for more information on restoring functionality to their device:

“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.”

Oculus Rift VR was the first full immersion virtual reality headset, developed as a Kickstarter program by creator Palmer Lucky.

A massive success, the kickstarter program for Oculus Rift VR acquired the $2.5 million needed and only 2 years later was bought by Facebook for an astounding $2 billion.

Oculus Rift VR is now owned and run by Oculus VR which is the Facebook managed division for the Oculus Rift VR headset.

Oculus Rift VR headset

The Oculus Rift VR headset has numerous applications, not only for gaming but for:

  • Movies (via Oculus Cinema)
  • Education (immersive interaction)
  • Social (Altspace VR)
  • Industrial (architecture)
  • TV (Halcyon)
  • Sports (Fox Sports)

There are other headsets on offer to rival Oculus VR such as HTC Vive, Playstation VR and Samsung Gear VR.

Michael, Editor – ChartX Games

All images are copyright of their respective owner(s).

Feature Image By Marco Verch – Oculus Rift @ Gamescom 2014, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37369524

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