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

February 18, 2019 / Peter Graham

The Oculus Rift will soon be celebrating its third anniversary, helping launch high-end virtual reality (VR) gaming into the world. Like most pieces of hardware, it hasn’t been completely smooth sailing, with customers experiencing issues that sometimes only appear once a device is in the hands of the public. One such problem for Oculus Rift users is audio failure. Today, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey – who left in 2017 – has released his own repair kit. Dubbed the Rift Repair One (RR1) kit, Luckey aims to help those customers who have experienced the audio cutting out on one or both headphones due to the nature of the mechanism employed. Luckey explains via a blog post that: “long-term use of the Oculus Rift CV1 often leads to failure of important electrical paths in a specific ribbon cable that winds through the strap.”Most commonly this tends to manifest itself via the right headphone failing, however, in rarer cases, both can lose signal. Normally, s...