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Oculus release patch to fix runtime error and say sorry with $15 store credit

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Update March 8, 2018:  Oculus have just released a fix for the runtime service error that put their Rift VR headsets out of action yesterday. And to say sorry for the disruption Oculus are producing $15 worth of store credit to anyone affected.

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If you're getting the error you will need to manually update your Rift before you can actually use the VR headset, and you can download the offical Oculus patch here. This will then give you the option to do a repair installation on the software and get you back into your preferred virtual realm.

But if you're not seeing the “Can't Reach Oculus Runtime Service” error then your machine will update to the new version of the software automatically.

Either way, if you've played with your VR headset since the start of February this year then you're in line for some free Oculus dollar.

"We’re very sorry for the disruption today," the Oculus Team says in the support email message. "We’re providing a $15 Oculus Store credit (or currency equivalent) to people impacted by this issue. If you used Rift on or after February 1st, 2018 this credit will be added to your account automatically within the next 7 days. See this page for info about Oculus Store credits.

"Sorry again for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thanks for choosing Rift."

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Original story March 7, 2018:  It’s a rough day for Oculus Rift owners, as every single headset out there is currently offline. The issue is on Oculus’s end, so until they provide an update all units are basically bricked. When users try to use the headset they’re met with a “Can’t Reach Oculus Runtime Service” error.

On the official forums, an Oculus spokesperson says “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.”

The issue is apparently an expired certificate, which just went bad today. Oculus will need to provide an updated DLL with a new certificate in order to get the headsets working again. Some users have had success with turning back the system clock on Windows 10, but that’s not a reliable long-term solution.

It’s been a week of ups and downs for Oculus. Their headset overtook HTC Vive as the most popular VR device in the latest Steam Hardware Survey, but the Rift is also subject to some significant bugs stemming either from recent GeForce drivers or the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Braneman Avatar
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3 Months ago

Wait what? It's a VR headset with DRM?!

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Shriven Avatar
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3 Months ago

They fucked it.

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el_fidel Avatar
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3 Months ago

people, a signed DLL needing a patch is not the same as "online DRM". it's more like shareware ;)

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g.poubelle Avatar
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3 Months ago

Aaaah the Sun... it hurts !

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gamingman Avatar
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3 Months ago

Wait so this has always online drm?

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Aever Avatar
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3 Months ago

What the actual fuck, that thing has online DRM in it? My *hardware* will not work unless it connects to an online service?

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g.poubelle Avatar
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3 Months ago

It's not about DRM, it's about the security certificate that allows a secure connection (to provide a secure connection for things such as downloading their driver updates in peace without having to worry about someone hacking into it and making you download their virus instead) that expired after ~3 years (as such secure connection certificates typically do, to keep them secure).

Even your Internet browser uses such security certificates (plenty of them), to block attack sites and secure your browsing (and online purchases).

So that's a free 15$ for a ~24h downtime : I'll take them thank you, feel free to do it again :)

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