Oculus/Meta Quests no longer need Facebook account

Admin, Thursday, July 21, 2022
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TL; DR

  • Meta, the parent company of Facebook, no longer requires the Oculus/Meta Quest headset to use a Facebook account.
  • This eliminates a controversial requirement for 2020.
  • You will still need a Meta account, which will require a lot of personal information.

Meta Quest 2 – formerly known as Oculus Quest 2 before Meta confusingly rebranded – requires a Facebook account. If you buy one and don’t want to sign up for Facebook, it won’t work for you. This was a controversial move.

However, it seems Meta and Mark Zuckerberg have finally realized how stupid this limitation is. Starting in August 2022, you will instead be able to sign up for a Meta account to access your Meta Quest headset (via the edge). This will be different from a Facebook account and will not require any connection to the Facebook website.

See also: The best VR games for most VR headsets

Interestingly enough, a Meta account will become a requirement. If you have Quest connected to a Facebook account, you will need to create a Meta profile starting in August. If you’re using one of your older Oculus accounts, you’ll have until January 2023 to migrate that over.

In other words, the Meta Quest series will now be Facebook-free. This will open up the headphones to a large segment of buyers who have so far boycotted the Meta Quest purchase due to Facebook account requirements.

No Oculus / Meta Facebook account requirements

Of course, your Meta account will still require a lot of your personal information. This will include your name, email address, phone number, date of birth, and payment details for App purchases. You will be wanted Create a separate Meta Horizon profile, which will be your digital self facing the metaverse.

One of the most surprising new developments here is that Meta will allow you to create multiple Meta accounts in addition to multiple Horizon accounts. This is a huge departure from Facebook’s long-held requirement that everyone only have one Facebook account to better reflect real life. With the new Meta system, you can have multiple accounts for different reasons: for example, one for your gaming life and one for your work life.

Time will tell if this change is enough to finally convince skeptics to jump into the realm of virtual reality and metaverse. But it definitely doesn’t hurt.

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