Oculus Quest Being Renamed, Will Not Require Facebook Login In The Future

Face­book is offi­cial­ly rebrand­ing the Ocu­lus, one of the most asso­ci­at­ed brands with VR gam­ing. This comes along­side Face­book’s plans to rename itself Meta, and it’s announced plans to realign the Ocu­lus prod­ucts with the new name for the over­all company.

This news was shared in a post by Face­book CTO Andrew Bosworth, who stat­ed the shift will begin in ear­ly 2022. Ocu­lus Quest will be renamed Meta Quest, while the Ocu­lus App will become Meta Quest App.

VR will be the most immer­sive way for peo­ple to access the meta­verse and as we look toward our goal of bring­ing 1B peo­ple into VR, we want to make it clear that Quest is a Meta prod­uct,” he wrote. “For this rea­son, we’re sim­pli­fy­ing our brand archi­tec­ture and shift­ing away from the Ocu­lus brand.”

Bosworth said this was a “very dif­fi­cult deci­sion to make” giv­en the “strong attach­ment” to Ocu­lus brand. “While we’re retir­ing the name, I can assure you that the orig­i­nal Ocu­lus vision remains deeply embed­ded in how Meta will con­tin­ue to dri­ve mass adop­tion for VR today,” he said. “We’ll also expand Meta Hori­zon as the brand that will encom­pass all of our first-par­ty immer­sive social expe­ri­ences. You’ve seen this already with Hori­zon Work­rooms and Hori­zon Worlds. Soon you’ll see us shift from Ocu­lus to Hori­zon Home, Hori.”

The Ocu­lus brand is high­ly rec­og­niz­able, so it’s an odd choice to change the name–especially since it’s a name that most peo­ple are unlike­ly to use. How­ev­er, Facebook/Meta is try­ing to make a mas­sive shift towards a meta­verse, and drop­ping the Ocu­lus name is just one part of their wider initiative.

There is some wel­come news for Ocu­lus own­ers though. Last year, Face­book made an extreme­ly con­tro­ver­sial deci­sion to even­tu­al­ly require a Face­book account for uses to login to all Ocu­lus devices.

With­in Bosworth’s post, he spoke about the neg­a­tive feed­back sur­round­ing this deci­sion, say­ing, “We’re work­ing on new ways to log into Quest that won’t require a Face­book account, land­ing some­time next year. This is one of our high­est pri­or­i­ty areas of work inter­nal­ly.” Full details weren’t shared, but this is a sign that the com­pa­ny is actu­al­ly lis­ten­ing to users.

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