Last October, Meta promised to allow users of the Quest 2 VR headset to access the device using an account. not your personal facebook account (opens in new tab). We are still awaiting this change today, and a Facebook account is still required on the first launch of the VR headset, but a Meta spokesperson told me that this long-awaited change in policy should take place “soon”.
“We’ve shared on Connect that we’re working on getting you to log into Quest with an account other than your personal Facebook account. We’re making good progress on that work and we’ll have something to share soon,” says Meta.
This will be a welcome change from the current login requirement for a personal Facebook account; Not only does this block users who don’t use Facebook, it also raises privacy concerns about how data was used from the headset in conjunction with a connected Facebook account.
I know a few people who decided not to buy a Quest 2 due to the mandatory Facebook login, and clearly many others were against the login requirement when it was first released. back in 2020 (opens in new tab). some later completely ignored him (opens in new tab). This controversial decision did not stop the headset from becoming the most popular VR device of all time on Steam (opens in new tab)However.
Quest 2 did not require a Facebook account when it was released. This requirement was added later and doesn’t seem to bring much functionality to the table. Users were told they had until 2023 to link their device to their personal Facebook account or lose the headset’s “full functionality”, although it still worked. That didn’t go down too well for a lot of reasons, and understandably so.
Now it looks like we may have an alternative before that crucial date passes.
But it’s not yet clear what Meta’s alternative login form will be. Meta has carefully worded its promise to mention “an account other than your personal Facebook account” and does not claim that it will completely eliminate logins. We hope it’s at least possible to use a Quest 2 without a Facebook account, or a login to one of its sister services under the Meta umbrella, as this is what caused headaches for social media dislikers and users. of business.
Meta sells a Quest 2 to companies that does not require a personal account to log in (opens in new tab)at a premium, and it’s not like Quest 2 always requires a Facebook account connection, so I’m not sure what exactly is taking so long to launch on the rest of its devices.