In August, you will no longer need a Facebook account to use the Meta Quest family of VR headsets. Instead, you’ll be able to sign up for a new Meta account and then a Meta Horizon profile, with optional Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Meta, formerly known as Facebook, started requiring Meta Quest users, formerly known as Oculus Quest users, to have a Facebook account in order to use their headset in 2020. People weren’t happy about that, at the times because they didn’t want a Facebook account or because the process of merging an old Oculus account with a Facebook account was laborious and broken.
In this regard, it is good that the requirement disappears. All Quest users will need to create a Meta account and a Meta Horizon profile from August 2022. The Meta Horizon profile is “your social profile”, says Meta in a news blog post, and lets you customize your VR appearance and manage your friends list. Friends will now also be called “Followers” and will work the same way as Instagram. All previous VR game purchases will be merged into the new Meta account.
You won’t need to use Facebook or Instagram on the new accounts at all, but you can optionally link them if you want to be able to chat or play with friends from those services.
The Meta Horizon Account will also allow you to customize your privacy settings, allowing anyone to see your account, just your friends and family, or no one at all.
I use a Valve Index on the rare occasions when I want to jump into VR, but I was tempted by a Quest 2 because it’s a wireless and relatively affordable piece of kit which impressed Katharine when she tried it. examined. What put me off was partly the need for a Facebook account, but also a bit more generally the idea of passing data to Meta. This news does not change much for me.