Oculus Quest VR headsets are held as ransom by Facebook –...

Oculus Quest VR headsets are held as ransom by Facebook –...
Oculus Quest VR headsets are held as ransom by Facebook –...
You read that right. The recent twist in ’s U-turn in integrating Facebook accounts with Oculus VR headsets is quite a sucker – and has some dire ramifications for those just buying their first VR headset.

And yes, that includes the risk of losing your VR games and access to the Oculus platform if you ever deactivate or delete your Facebook account.

That news was first shared by the CEO of Yur – a fitness game development studio – who tweeted that disabling your Facebook account would also disable your Oculus profile, and deleting it would “also delete your Oculus information”; B. “App purchases and” your achievements “. So if you ever decide that the Facebook ecosystem is not for you, or you want to take a break, your Oculus headset will be bricked up instantly. (This has also been confirmed by UploadVR.)

This understandably got some users in the wrong direction – and is a very strong argument for it Not Connect your Oculus VR headset to your Facebook while you can help. Unfortunately, new VR users these days have to connect a Facebook account, so everyone’s hands are tied with the new Oculus Quest 2 – and anyone still wearing an older model without Facebook integration will need it by 2023.

This all stems from a promise made by former Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey in 2014 when Facebook acquired the promising VR startup. At the time, he said, “I guarantee you won’t have to log into your Facebook account every time you want to use the Oculus Rift.”

However, this guarantee no longer exists. Luckey is no longer with the company and Facebook’s continued integration of its various VR and AR projects is coming to a head.

Banning users from their VR hardware because they want to temporarily pause their use of social media is as petty as it is. However, the prospect of losing all of your VR games and progress because Facebook tries to keep you in its ecosystem is even harder to swallow.

Finding good VR

The news comes during the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 headset, a rerun of the hugely popular Quest that was released in mid-2019. The new model has improved RAM and chip specifications, 50% higher resolution, a 90 Hz panel, and lighter hardware for a better experience across the board. The controllers have twice the battery life of those that came with the Quest.

In our review, we named it “one of the top options for beginners and seasoned VR veterans”.

So it’s a shame that Facebook’s control over Oculus’ activities is limiting access to the platform – given VR’s image as a new medium full of opportunity.

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