Meta Quest headsets will soon no longer need a Facebook login

changes course for users of its virtual reality headsets to . Instead, they need an , which doesn’t need to be linked to Facebook. The company will begin rolling out the new account to existing and new Meta Quest users next month. Those with an old Oculus account must have a meta account to continue using their headset after January 1, 2023.

Emphasizing that a isn’t a social media profile, the company said it “lets you log into your VR devices and view and manage your purchased apps in one place.” It has been pointed out that future devices will also need meta accounts.

However, the new account type has a social aspect, at least for VR headsets. When you create a meta account, you need to create a Meta Horizon profile with username, avatar, profile photo, etc. that you will use in the corporate vision of the metaverse.

Oculus friends become your followers and you automatically follow them back. You can of course unfollow people and block others from following you. You still have the option to link your meta account to Facebook and Instagram so you can chat with friends or find friends to play with.

While Facebook has a one account per person rule, the company is ok with you having multiple meta accounts. Maybe you have one for and one for .

The new accounts offer privacy controls, including the option to make your profile private and manually approve follower requests. By default, users between the ages of 13 and 17 have private profiles.

This is an important shift for Meta as it continues to be more focused on its vision of the Metaverse. However, Meta has reportedly scaled back its Metaverse ambitions in recent months after reportedly canceling some Reality Labs projects and putting a planned dual-camera smartwatch on hold.

Still, there are at least some positives when Meta separates VR from its social media apps. People who are interested in Meta Quest but don’t want to be associated with Facebook no longer need an account for the latter.

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