Update: Oculus released a patch that should fix all your Oculus Rift-related woes. Download and install the emergency patch here. Oculus also announced that it will be offering a $15 store credit to everyone who was affected by the outage.
Original Story: The Oculus Rift is dead. Not really, but every Oculus Rift headset on the planet did actually stop working today thanks to an issue with an expired certificate.
Neowin first reported that Oculus Rift VR headsets stopped working today. The issue stems from a lapsed certificate part of the Oculus Runtime service, which is being read as invalid. Basically, it's a simple mistake but an oversight nonetheless.
The issue is a result of the OculusAppFramework.dll which needs to be updated so that headsets and Oculus software can run. Unfortunately the update might not have gone through as Oculus owners are seeing error messages preventing them from using their VR headsets.
We’re aware of an issue impacting people’s ability to use Rift’s software, and we’re working to fix the problem. Please visit http://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FuM54CuqqIn for the latest—thanks for your patience!— Oculus Rift (@OculusRift) March 7, 2018
Oculus tweeted out a message acknowledging the error and are working on fixing the problem. The company has also set up a forum page handling the issue with a spokesperson writing, "We are aware of and actively investigating an issue impacting ability to access Rift software."
An easy workaround to the problem is to change your system clock back to a time and date before the certificate expired, but Reddit users suggest not going down this route as resetting your PC clock can have unintended consequences on other PC software. I mean, look what happened to the Oculus Rift.