Error Bricks Oculus Rift Headsets

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Over on the Oculus Rift support page, the following message is being displayed: "If you are using an Nvidia GPU and now experiencing display or performance issues with your Oculus Rift, please make sure you are using driver version 388.59".

Oculus Rift users around the world have not been able to play their favorite VR games today due to a software issue affecting the popular headset.

Today is the day the Oculus Rift died.

"We are aware of and [are] actively investigating an issue impacting [the] ability to access Rift software", the Facebook-owned Oculus is telling users and the press.

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First discovered in the Oculus Forums, the cause of this Oculus Runtime Service error is an expired certificate. We'll share more updates here as we have them. Note, however, that this may cause problems with services like Windows' automatic updates.

Oculus hasn't given us a direct reason for this problem yet, but VR Focus reports that users and developers may have figured it out.

That's quite the oversight, but thus far, Oculus hasn't confirmed that this expired security certificate is at the core of the problem.

There's now no estimated resolution time, but, some users have identified a temporary workaround: it's possible to bypass the issue by disabling Windows' "Automatically set System date and time" option, then manually setting the date back a few days.