Hooray, Oculus Quest Devices No Longer Require Facebook Accounts

Hooray, Oculus Quest Devices No Longer Require Facebook Accounts
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While the biggest news from the Facebook Connect livestream was Facebook’s rebranding to Meta (which I refuse to use), the social media company also announced that Oculus Quest VR headsets will no longer require a Facebook account.

“As we’ve focused more on work, and frankly, as we’ve heard your feedback more broadly, we’re working on making it so that you can log into Quest with an account other than your personal Facebook account,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in his keynote speech. “We’re starting to test support for work accounts soon.”

In October 2020, all new Oculus Quest users were forced to maintain a Facebook account to use their devices. This meant deleting your Facebook account would also wipe any in-game achievements or purchases that you made on the device. Older Oculus accounts needed to link to a Facebook account by 2023. Facebook’s new policy will override this change.

If you already have an Oculus Quest, you can be free to eventually delete this child-harming, democracy-destroying social media account without losing access to the content that you’ve paid for! Good riddance. It’s not certain when these changes will take place, so I’d hold onto your account for now.

This is a major concession in the midst of the company’s ongoing crisis of losing young users on Facebook and Instagram. According to Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox, young people “have a wide range of negative associations with Facebook including privacy concerns [and] impact to their wellbeing.”

Incidentally, not having to link your Oculus devices to a Facebook account might have helped when the company experienced a major service outage just earlier this month. While offline games were functional, users couldn’t access the Oculus store or play any games that were dependent on Facebook’s servers. Let’s just hope that these work accounts are less susceptible to server-wide collapse.

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  • Maybe its just me but:

    “we’re working on making it so that you can log into Quest with an account other than your personal Facebook account,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in his keynote speech. “We’re starting to test support for work accounts soon.”

    This doesnt sound like they are dropping facebook support. Sounds more like they are letting you have a second account that you can use for work and also use for the occulus. Unless there is something missing from this article that explains better that they are allowing external accounts?

      • If you’re not anti-Facebook you’re a fool, and if you don’t understand why being required to use/create your personal Facebook account with your real identity with a VR device which records more data than would ever be possible with a phone including your face and eye movements in the near future you’re a dumbass, go educate yourself chump.

        • It’s ok. I’m convinced Joker’s output here is a long running work of performance art.

          There’s no way one single person can be simultaneously so outraged, dismissive, smug and generally unpleasant unless he’s some sort of character.

  • Will never use a Facebook device regardless. There are some amazing things on the horizon for VR, but for now when it comes to relatively affordable VR I’m just waiting to see what happens with the DecaGear. There’s a nice long list of games built up to play now for newcomers like myself, not to mention multiple ways to play non-VR games in VR using things like VorpX, Steam VR, mods etc.

  • A major complaint after Facebook took over Occulus was the complete LACK of customer support, that trying to fix Facebook account login issues, hardware support or game refunds was next to impossible.

    I don’t think a name change will fix that.

    The point of them being called Meta is so they can seperate themselves from Facebook (the product)… then they immediatly announced they are dropping the Occulus name and calling them Meta Quests. WHAT!!!

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