Facebook bought virtual reality company Oculus VR in 2014, and since then users of its headsets have been able to log in with their Oculus accounts, or their Facebook accounts. Now Facebook is making some changes, from October this year.
“Everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account,” announced the Oculus blog. “If you’re an existing user and already have an Oculus account, you’ll have the option to log in with Facebook and merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts. If you’re an existing user and choose not to merge your accounts, you can continue using your Oculus account for two years.”
But from the start of 2023, people who don’t want to sign in using Facebook “can continue using your device, but full functionality will require a Facebook account”. Facebook is presenting the change as a way to “make it easier to find, connect, and play with friends in VR”.
There is a backlash against the move on Twitter, but we’re not sure how big a controversy this will prove to be: the Oculus post claimed that “the majority of our users” already log in with their Facebook accounts.
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