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Oculus VR Headsets Will Soon Require Facebook Accounts, Fans Are Not Happy

by Eric Garrett

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.

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:

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. 

Related: PlayStation Stands By Decision to Boycott Facebook, Instagram

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!