Fix Your Oculus Rift’s Audio Issue Using Palmer Luckey’s Free Repair Kit

Oculus Rift VR headset

Oculus Rift VR headset

Palmer Luckey writes about this on his blog that he is going to ship a free fix kit to affected users that have already reported their issue.

For those not up to speed, long-term use of the Rift CV1 can lead to the failure of an electrical path in a ribbon cable that runs through the headset's strap. While Facebook will offer a full replacement for this issue under warranty, it will often only present itself later in life, beyond the warranty period, leaving owners high and dry.

The RR1 fix kit acts as a new ground trace between the left and right headset modules.

The best bit: it's free-of-charge.

Palmer Luckey

If you happen to find yourself in this boat and Oculus is unable to help, Luckey has you covered. But remember, you're giving out your personal details at your own risk.

Luckey still recommends contacting Oculus customer support before trying the DIY method - citing grubby contacts, loose connections, or simple software misconfiguration as a possible cause for common audio issues. If all else fails, you can grab a kit and give that a whirl. Luckey goes so far as to confer with the problem as a design flaw with the Rift headset; he additionally notes that Oculus will restore defective earphones below guarantee however that he's discovered that it's furthermore affected loads of out-of-guarantee Rift house owners. While the road to commercialisation was beset with difficulties, including component shortages and lawsuits targeting Oculus VR's hiring of John Carmack and Luckey himself, the project hit the big time when social media giant Facebook picked the company up for $2 billion in 2014. "Unusual issues are the result of carefully considered design tradeoffs, but others are design defects that did not become obvious as such until well after its release", Palmer Luckey writes in his blog post that, "it looks like to be a slight bit of founder's fault and I am doing this because I feel bad for people who bought an Oculus Rift from me and cannot use it well anymore".

Luckey would last only three years under Facebook's auspice, however, and after papers detailed Luckey's political 'shitposting' Facebook and Luckey would part ways in March 2017.

"The people who have been using their headsets for years on end tend to be among the most engaged, most valuable users who dump tons of money into the content ecosystem", Mr Luckey wrote.

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