Earlier today, Facebook announced big changes to its business.
The biggest news is that the Facebook company would change its name to Meta. But during the Connect Livestream, it was also announced that the Oculus Quest will be renamed Meta Quest and that Facebook logins will no longer be required to use the device.
“We’re working on new ways to log into Quest that won’t require a Facebook account, and will be coming next year,” said Andrew Bosworth, director of Facebook, in a post. “This is one of our highest priority areas of work internally. “
In the post, Bosworth also explained that Facebook, now Meta, remains committed to bringing VR to the masses. He said that “virtual reality will be the most immersive way for people to access the metaverse” as they move towards the goal of bringing 1 billion users into the world of virtual reality.
Back in 2020, Facebook has implemented mandatory Facebook logins for new Oculus users. This meant that if you didn’t have a Facebook account, you couldn’t use the VR hardware. At the time of the announcement, fans were outraged by the move, especially since Oculus had said the Facebook acquisition would not lead to it.
Now that Oculus is moving further away from its original brand and becoming an integral part of the larger metaverse, this may be good news for those who weren’t happy with the mandatory Facebook login.