Facebook appears to be taking steps to complete the absorption of the Oculus Virtual Reality company it had acquired in 2014. The social media giant has now indicated that Oculus Accounts, once needed to log in to the VR ecosystem, are being phased out. While older Oculus account holders will have to gradually but mandatorily retire their accounts, new VR headset customers will have to become Facebook users first.
Oculus has indicated that all of its virtual reality headset users will have to sign up with a Facebook account first in order to use the VR headset and enter the ecosystem. The company, acquired by Facebook about six years ago, has noted that it will start removing support for separate Oculus accounts in October 2020. While older users can maintain an existing account until January 1st, 2023, new users will have to create a Facebook account first in order to avail services of Oculus VR.
Facebook Mandates All Oculus VR Account Holders To Adopt Single Login Method:
The social media giant is preparing to lay the individuality of Oculus to rest, and it starts with requiring new VR headset customers to become Facebook users first. Facebook has made an official announcement that positions the impending changes as a “single way to log into Oculus and unlock social features,” consisting of two phases.
Starting in October 2020, new Oculus device users will need to log in with a Facebook account, and existing Oculus device users will have two years to continue accessing their Oculus accounts. Current Oculus account holders can either choose to merge their Oculus and Facebook accounts or risk their accounts getting suspended to becoming inactive once Oculus account support officially ends.
Giving people a single way to log into Oculus—using their Facebook account and password— will make it easier to find, connect, and play with friends in VR. Visit https://t.co/SMeDOXgehN to learn more.
— Oculus (@oculus) August 18, 2020
After January 1, 2023, Oculus users will still be able to use current-generation devices without Facebook accounts. However, Facebook has indicated that some apps and games might not work fully, or at all. Moreover, “all future unreleased Oculus devices will require a Facebook account.” It won’t matter if users already have an Oculus account.
The new Oculus Quest S model is expected to release this year. Hence it is quite likely that Facebook is using the product launch to begin the process of permanent migration of Oculus users into the Social Media giant’s family.
— PC Gamer (@pcgamer) August 18, 2020
Incidentally, developers can keep using an unlinked developer account without social functionality. Moreover, there are several professional uses of the Oculus VR headset. But the Oculus for Business platform uses a separate login process and that will remain unchanged.
Facebook Consolidating Accounts Of Different Acquisitions?
Facebook is going to start requiring a Facebook account in order to use their VR headsets. They're sunsetting separate Oculus accounts in 2023, & new users will have to use their Facebook account starting in October 2020.
— Kent Bye VoicesOfVR (@kentbye) August 18, 2020
Facebook has indicated its intentions to assimilate the accounts of the other platforms as well. Facebook added new VR social features requiring a Facebook account and began using data gathered through Oculus in ads last year. Essentially, Facebook isn’t allowing users to retain and use a separate account of the services while staying detached from the social media company’s core services.