Meta has announced that you will no longer need to have a Facebook account to log in to the Quest headset starting next month. However, you may need to create a new Meta account if you want to play VR games.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the new change in a Facebook post Thursday, saying Meta is rolling out new accounts for Oculus Quest owners to use instead of their Facebook account. He then added, “This will give everyone more choice over how you present yourself in the metaverse.”
Meta shared more details in a blog post on the Quest page about quitting Facebook and having to use a Facebook account for the Quest headset. The changes include transitioning your Oculus profile to a Meta Horizon profile that you can customize and turning your “friends” into “followers”, which is in line with Instagram’s existing model.
You will also have the option to connect your Facebook and Instagram accounts to your Meta account if you wish. Connecting both accounts in the same account center as your Meta account will unlock connected experiences in VR, like playing VR games with your Instagram followers. However, if you previously merged your Facebook account with your Oculus account, you can delete your Facebook account while setting up your new Meta account.
All VR games you purchased previously will still be available after setting up your new Meta account. No need to worry about buying beat the saber twice and start all over again.