Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oculus to Require Facebook Accounts


Today, we’re announcing some important updates to how people log into Oculus devices, while still keeping their VR profile. Starting in October 2020, everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account.


After January 1, 2023, we will end support for Oculus accounts. If you choose not to merge your accounts at that time, you can continue using your device, but full functionality will require a Facebook account.

Palmer Luckey:

I am already getting heat from users and media outlets who say this policy change proves I was lying when I consistently said this wouldn’t happen, or at least that it was a guarantee I wasn’t in a position to make. I want to make clear that those promises were approved by Facebook in that moment and on an ongoing basis, and I really believed it would continue to be the case for a variety of reasons. In hindsight, the downvotes from people with more real-world experience than me were definitely justified.

Update (2020-11-07): Eurogamer:

Deleting Facebook also deletes your Oculus purchases

Update (2020-12-10): Natasha Lomas (via Hacker News):

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (aka, the Bundeskartellamt) said today that it’s instigated abuse proceedings against Facebook to examine the linkage between Oculus VR products and its eponymous social network.

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Figures; guess my Occulus Quest has a much-shorter shelf-life than I'd anticipated. Only reason I bought it was because I could use it without signing up for Facebook. But Facebook has to ruin every good thing it touches, so...

Try "I was a sucker and misled you all. I''m so sorry."

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