The error is probably related to an Oculus VR software certificate that expired today.
Oculus Rift headsets went dead on Wednesday due to a software error that appears to be hitting products around the globe.
Customers in Oculus support forums say their VR headset are experiencing a “Runtime Service” error when the product tries to start. The error message says the Oculus software is updating, but the VR headset will stall, even if you patiently wait or reboot your PC.
“I’m in Norway, tried 3 different computers, all are the same…” wrote one customer.
“Yup also not working for me. They broke everything. Smooth move Oculus,” wrote another.
PCMag encountered the same error trying to run an Oculus Rift in New York.
On Wednesday, Oculus said it was working to fix the problem, although it didn’t address the cause of the error. However, customers suspect it has something to do with a security certificate that validates the product’s software. Apparently, that certificate expired today.
In the meantime, Reddit users are coming up with temporary fixes, one of which involves changing the date on your PC prior to March 7. However, PCMag tried this and it didn’t work for us.
Oculus owners can stay abreast of the situation on this forum page.