VR gaming has become more prominent in recent years, with one of the big names in the industry being Oculus. After Facebook acquired the company back in 2014, fans grew a bit worried what that would mean for the future. Fast forward to 2020 and we now know exactly what that means as Oculus has announced users will soon be required to log in with their Facebook accounts.
Taking to Twitter and their website, Oculus revealed that beginning in October of this year, first-time Oculus users will need to log in with their Facebook account. If a user already has a pre-existing Oculus account, they can merge it with their Facebook account. Should anyone wish not to merge the two accounts, they can continue using the Oculus account, but only until January 1, 2023. After this, support for Oculus accounts will end. Users who don't merge the accounts can continue to use the device, but without a Facebook account, it will not have full functionality.
Today, we’re announcing some important updates to how people log into Oculus devices, while still keeping their VR profile. Starting in October 2020, everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account. // https://t.co/SMeDOXgehN— Oculus (@oculus) August 18, 2020
As one might imagine, this is not going over well with fans and users of Oculus headsets. Some people simply don't want a Facebook account, others don't trust the social media site with the possible data they could receive by linking a VR setup that scans an entire room, and there are plenty of folks who are looking to get rid of their current Oculus products. Needless to say, the backlash is real. Here are some of the reactions to the recent news:
Ok but what if we didn’t— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) August 18, 2020
@oculus— Jon Oakes (@JonVirtual) August 18, 2020
Can I get a refund on all my Oculus purchases since when I bought them you said I wouldn't have to do this?
Serious question I will keep asking until answered.
I don't want to have to link my FB profile to my VR profile.
As an original Oculus backer and a CV1 & Go owner I won't be attaching either to my Facebook account.— Jeff Horne (@proxynoia) August 18, 2020
Both will be listed on CL/Ebay in Oct 2020 if this decision holds up to the inevitable backlash.
This is probably a good time for me to finally deactivate my FB account. pic.twitter.com/nohByh5Wb1
The companies may be looking at this like it will be making things easier for them and users alike, but there is no denying that this is not going over well for Oculus and Facebook. Should they continue forth with this as planned, there's no telling what will come of it. However, it may be safe to say that Valve is about to see an uptick in Index purchases. Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens moving forward.
What do you think about all of this? Are you unhappy about needing a Facebook to log in to use an Oculus VR headset? Do you believe they will put an end to this before it takes effect? Sound off with your thoughts over on our Twitter @PrimaGames!