This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
VR headset Oculus has announced that starting in October 2020, users will need a Facebook account to log into Oculus devices. New users will be asked to log in with a Facebook account when they start using it. If you have an existing Oculus account, you can continue to use it until the end of 2022, but after January 1, 2023, you must have a Facebook account. In addition, Oculus account users will have the option to merge their Oculus account with their Facebook account.
If you want to keep your Oculus account but don't want to use your Facebook account, Oculus explains that you will still be able to use your Oculus device after January 1, 2023, but some apps and games may stop working.
Facebook says the change will integrate features such as Horizon, the social VR space Facebook announced in 2019, into Facebook, allowing users to communicate with friends and use Facebook's other features on the VR side (and keep Facebook and Oculus friendships separate).
While it's hard to pinpoint what exactly it can do from a user's perspective, it seems that the Oculus account integration is a measure for Facebook to be able to consistently manage user trends within Horizon and provide community protection and integrity tools. In 2019, the company released a social VR feature for Oculus that required you to log in with your Facebook account, but in order to use it, you had to agree to a policy of providing Oculus usage data to Facebook for advertising purposes.
Probably the majority of people won't be bothered by the integration of Oculus user information with Facebook's information, but if you're the kind of person who uses VR primarily as an adult content viewer, perhaps that activity history could be made known to Facebook and reflected in ads.
Facebook is in the process of integrating Oculus as well as other services it has acquired, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, into its Facebook account and messaging system.
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