Oculus headset users will need to create a Facebook account for full functionality

Written about 1 month ago by IanDorfman

Facebook is looking to further consolidate its accounts, with its virtual reality brand Oculus being the latest focus.

Starting in October of this year, new Oculus VR headset owners will be required to sign up for Oculus services such as Small Oculus Experiences iconOculus Experiences and Small Oculus Video iconOculus Video with a Small Facebook iconFacebook account instead of a separate Oculus account. Existing Oculus users will have the option to merge their Oculus account with a Facebook account, but it will not be required for 2 years.

As Oculus notes on Twitter:
"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."

This means that by the start of 2023, any Oculus headset owners that want to access Oculus software or storefronts will be required to use a Facebook account. This means that your use of Oculus hardware and software will be defined by the Facebook account's data collection policy as opposed to that of an Oculus account.

For those that wish to separate from the Facebook ecosystem before this mandated change, alternative software platforms for virtual reality hardware include Small SteamVR iconSteamVR and Small VorpX iconVorpX.

Further coverage:
Oculus Blog
The Verge