Oculus VR headsets will soon need a Facebook account to use
If you want to use an Oculus VR headset in the future, then you’re going to have to sign-up to Facebook whether you like it or not.
It’s always been very easy to forget that Facebook owns VR headset maker Oculus, since they’ve never really advertised the fact and have made only minor attempts to integrate the two companies – but that’s about to change.
Facebook is to stop support for separate Oculus accounts from January 2023, after which you’ll have to sign in to use a headset using a Facebook account.
That means that if you buy a headset from later this year and refuse to join Facebook you won’t be able to use it properly. And if you already have one but refuse to use Facebook after 2022 you’ll no longer receive updates, which will gradually ensure more and more apps no longer work.
The reason Oculus users will not be happy about this is Facebook’s notorious attitude towards collecting and using personal data, although the company has insisted it currently has no plans to add any new ads to Oculus.
Facebook bought Oculus way back in 2014, when VR was first predicted to go mainstream and while things have gone a little slower than some expected the Oculus Quest in particular has been a major hit.
The company is expected to announce a successor to the original Oculus Quest this year, which is probably what this change in policy is in aid of.
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