Meta will no longer ask for Facebook accounts to log into Oculus headsets

Now the company will ask for your own account rather than a Facebook account to log in.

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After facing multiple complaints about the requirement, Meta has announced that it will stop requiring users to log into their VR headsets with a Facebook account .

Now, in its replacement, it will implement Meta accounts , which will be necessary for it.

the meta accounts

The new “meta accounts” don’t require users to sign up for Facebook , and they come with a host of other updates to Meta’s VR social interface.

Meta accounts will begin rolling out in August 2022 for new and existing Quest users. If you’ve been using a Facebook account with a Quest headset (including a Facebook account merged with a previous Oculus account), you’ll need to create a Meta account and related profile that month.

If you’ve been signing in with an Oculus account, you can continue to use it until January 1, 2023.

In practical terms, many of the Facebook account requirements seem to be present in Meta accounts as well . Creating a meta account requires a lot of personal information, including your name, email address, phone number, date of birth, and payment details for purchasing apps.

community complaints

The new option delivers on a promise Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg made last year, and addresses the fact that a large portion of Meta ‘s VR user base hated the requirement for a Facebook account.

It also reflects Meta ‘s desire to move away from traditional social applications like Facebook to “metaverse” virtual environments. The company says it is planning to extend the Meta account service to “other Meta devices” in the future.

Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion in 2014, prompting an immediate firestorm of criticism from consumers.