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Quest VR Headsets Won’t Need Facebook Next Month

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A woman holding up an Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset.
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Meta (previously Fb) requires a Fb account to make use of its Quest VR headsets. Meta mentioned final 12 months that it will eventually allow independent accounts, and now the choice is nearly right here.

Meta introduced as we speak that beginning in August 2022, you’ll be capable to create a ‘Meta account,’ which might then be used to arrange and use a Quest VR headset. The corporate mentioned in a weblog submit, “Your Meta account just isn’t a social media profile; it allows you to log into your VR units and think about and handle your bought apps in a single place. Sooner or later, we’ll prolong Meta account performance so you should utilize it to log into different Meta units.”

Meta began requiring new Oculus headsets to make use of Fb accounts back in October 2020, which proved to be immensely unpopular — particularly contemplating Oculus founder Palmer Luckey said “you gained’t must log into your Fb account each time you wanna use the Oculus Rift” after the corporate was acquired by Meta (then Fb) in March 2014. The one different has been to create throwaway Facebook accounts just for VR.

The brand new account system may even change legacy Oculus accounts, which have been created earlier than the units have been totally built-in with Fb companies. Beginning on January 1, 2023, anybody nonetheless utilizing an Oculus account must migrate to a Meta account. That’s the identical deadline that was already in place, besides prior to now, the one possibility was connecting to Fb.

In fact, having a separate account on your Quest headset gained’t cease Meta from harvesting information about you, and presumably even linking it to a Fb account by evaluating IP addresses. Meta accounts nonetheless require “your title, electronic mail deal with, cellphone quantity, cost data, and date of start.” Nevertheless, shifting VR headsets to an unbiased account does make household entry simpler (no extra making Fb accounts for younger youngsters), amongst different frequent use instances.

Supply: Meta Blog, Oculus