Oculus has announced that Facebook accounts will be required for all Oculus devices in the future. There will be two waves of requirements, starting this year for NEW users – everyone will need to work with a Facebook account early on, starting in October. The second wave arrives in 2023, when all Oculus user accounts will be merged with Facebook.
Oculus Facebook account October 2020
On October 1, 2020, “everyone who uses an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account”. If you already have an Oculus device and never opened the box before October 2020, this applies to you. If you have used your Oculus device before and signed up for an Oculus account with that device, no changes are required at this time.
If you have used your Oculus device before and have an Oculus account with that device, you “will have the option to log into Facebook and merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts”. Oculus noted today that if you have an Oculus account and “choose not to merge your accounts, you can continue using your Oculus account for two years.”
Oculus accounts end on January 1, 2023
On the first day of the year, 2023, your Oculus account will no longer be supported by Oculus. If you want to access your Oculus account, you will need a Facebook account. Oculus (and Facebook) will require you to combine your Oculus account with a Facebook account to continue the functionality of your Oculus account – and all access to software and services on it.
You can choose not to merge your Facebook and Oculus accounts, never, BUT there will be consequences. If you don’t merge, as of January 1, 2023, your Oculus hardware will no longer have full functionality.
“After January 1, 2023, we will end support for Oculus accounts,” wrote an Oculus representative. “If you choose not to merge your accounts at that time, you can continue to use your device, but full functionality will require a Facebook account.”
What is “full functionality”?
Full functionality refers to the use of Oculus / Facebook services and access to the app store in the future. There will probably (not definitely) be a way to use Oculus products without a Facebook account, using third-party software – but Oculus / Facebook will certainly not make any major effort to support that software or support for that software.
Again, “If you choose not to merge your accounts at that time, you can continue to use your device, but full functionality will require a Facebook account.” This is straight from posting an Oculus representative to the official Oculus Twitter account. This change will take place on January 1, 2023.
UPDATE: Oculus suggests that they “will take steps to allow you to continue using the purchased content, although we hope that some games and applications may no longer work”.
UPDATE 2: Future devices: Oculus notes that “all Oculus devices not released in the future will require a Facebook account, even if you already have an Oculus account”. This may indicate that future Oculus devices will have no functionality, unless the user connects a Facebook account. An Oculus representative also wrote in the ad’s FAQ: “Future Oculus devices will require a Facebook account.”