Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets around the world are experiencing an outage this morning, including devices here at Polygon. Users are not sure what is causing the issue, and so far neither Facebook nor Oculus itself has provided a solution.
Alexa is laughing!
Sorry for the hijack. Just wanted this up top in case anyone who experienced this is checking this page. The issue is solved, posted about half an hour ago. The update instructions and download is available here: https://support.oculus.com/... Now we can ignore our real world problems and jack back into the matrix.
This was posted on Oculus forums about 15 mins ago. Out of date certificate is the cause. Hey everyone - 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.
wow, if it's something like that on their end, that's quite the oversight on their part. Set a google alert (renew certificate!)
That's piss poor on their part 😕
"We recommend you wait". If this was another company that currently has a VR device and they told people to just wait the internet would implode from all the outrage articles.
When the fixes being proposed are things like turn your system clock back (which can make other things that rely on the system clock, including other certs or authenticators, malfunction) or turning off a core system component to skip the certificate check, then suggesting waiting for an official fix is the smarter move on their part for sure. Also they have a fix available now. So at least it was fixed in a relatively short period of time.
Why would a peripheral have any ties to some sort of online certification, or authentication of any kind, for it to friggen function? What?
you DO know that your hobby is no charity, right? ;-)
DRM is everywhere yay!
Software certificates are not DRM. They are a way of linking software to an organisation / individual for the same reason as HTTPS certificates. So that you can trust what is coming from them to be coming from them. They can kind of be used as DRM, as you can make your software refuse to run libraries that don't have your signature but this is more tamper-protection than DRM.
Because Occulus wants to control the software that can run on the headset. Means if Occulus ever goes defunct, or they decide to stop supporting the device, it'll put an effective expiration date on the hardware.
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