As of Next Month, Quest 2 Will No Longer Require a Facebook Account

Finally, after a long wait, Meta will be removing the requirement to have a Facebook account in order to use your Quest 2. By now, if you own a Quest or Quest 2, you’ve probably already received an email regarding updates to Meta’s Supplemental Oculus Terms of Service and Data Policy outlining changes coming in August.

Meta announced today on the Oculus Blog that starting in August they will be launching their new Meta accounts and give users the ability to unlink their social media account if they so choose. You will still be required to have a Meta account, which will be a more traditional account system and will be solely used for signing into your devices.

You will be required to have a Meta Horizon profile which will replace the current Oculus profile and consist of a username, profile name, profile photo, and an avatar. Meta does stress that it is NOT a social media account and that it will be used for socializing and surfing the web, similar to how console platforms function.

Additionally, just like Instagram, Friends will soon be titled, Followers. Everyone on your current Friends List will automatically become Followers. Meta goes on to explain that this new structure “provides more ways to be social and connect with others”.

The controversial decision to require a Facebook account for the Quest 2 was understandably a turn-off for many people who were interested in the headset, but aren’t fond of social media. One of the largest concerns was that if your Facebook account was compromised or suspended, you were locked out of the headset and unable to play the games that you purchased. Back in October 2021, at Connect 21, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Meta would be overturning this decision due to feedback.

In our article What Makes the Quest 2 Worth It?, we highlighted the Facebook requirement as something Meta needed to fix. The Quest 2 is a fantastic headset, but given Facebook’s track record of collecting data, concerns regarding user privacy weren’t entirely unfounded.

In our opinion, this is a great move on Meta’s part, it demonstrates that Meta is at the very least listening to the feedback regarding having a social media account tied to your VR identity. Hopefully, it will open up the headset to more people that were hesitant before.

More information on how the process will work can be found here.

Colin Laurencelle
Colin Laurencelle
VR Enthusiast, writer, and lover of gaming culture. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my fiance, dog, and cat. Not necessarily in that order.

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