If you were hoping to galavant through wonderful virtual worlds today using an Oculus Rift, you might be out of luck (bad timing for US East Coasters who are snowed-in today). Widespread reports of an error preventing users from launching the Oculus software that powers the headset began appearing earlier today. The company has acknowledged the issue and says they’re actively investigating.
There’s a good chance that if you try to fire up your Rift right now, none of your VR games will work correctly, or you’ll receive this error outright:
Reports of the error are widespread. Of the two different Oculus Rifts (on different systems) that we’ve tried here at Road to VR, neither are working due to the error. We took a quick poll of our Twitter followers and have yet to hear from a single user presently able to launch and play a Rift experience.
Oculus officially acknowledged the issue earlier today on their forums, saying that they are “actively investigating.” A recent update to that thread details the cause of the problem, but the company is still working on a fix:
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. We’ll update you with the latest info as available. We recommend you wait until we provide an official fix. Thanks for your patience.
While some unofficial workarounds have been proposed, Oculus is encouraging patience for an official fix, as workarounds could have some unforeseen consequences. Exactly how Oculus will deploy a fix is in question, as the software may not be able to launch to update itself.
As Rift-less players become reacquainted with actual reality, some have taken to social media to joke about the loss of their virtual worlds. Reddit user EgoAnt shared this mashup, based on the Ready Player One trailer.
VR satirist Damo9000 has coined the mass de-Rifting, “The Day VR Died.”
We’ll keep an eye on Oculus’ investigation of the issue and keep our readers up to date when a fix is available.
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