In somewhat of a surprise move today, Facebook announced it will be forcing Oculus owners to log into their Facebook accounts to use their devices. This will begin in just two months, in October.
The company announced the update on the Oculus blog, listing the changes expected to come soon:
- Everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account.
- If you’re an existing user and already have an Oculus account, you’ll have the option to log in with Facebook and merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts.
- If you’re an existing user and choose not to merge your accounts, you can continue using your Oculus account for two years.
If you choose not to merge accounts, you can still use your Oculus, but full functionality will require the use of a Facebook account. It was stated that most step would be taken so owners could keep using content purchased, but that they “expect some games and apps” to no longer work after this update.
Using a VR profile that is backed by a Facebook account and authentic identity helps us protect our community and makes it possible to offer additional integrity tools. For example, instead of having a separate Oculus Code of Conduct, we will adopt Facebook’s Community Standards as well as a new additional VR-focused policy. This will allow us to continue to take the unique considerations of VR into account while offering a more consistent way to report bad behavior, hold people accountable, and help create a more welcoming environment across our platforms. And as Facebook adds new privacy and safety tools, Oculus can adopt and benefit from them too.
Source: Oculus Blog