Whilst some might be up-in-arms at this rather expected news from Facebook, it seems the company is leading the charge with its VR social interaction. The news today is a requirement to have a Facebook account when using Oculus headsets. There’s a bit of a mish-mash of ideas here especially for those with existing Oculus accounts, but at least the full roll-out won’t occur until 2023. However, starting this October, new users will need to sign-up to Facebook or existing users link their accounts. Here’s the summary or you can read the full post here.
Today, we’re announcing some important updates to how people log into Oculus devices, while still keeping their VR profile. Starting in October 2020:
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.
The good news is for those interested in social features then this makes it much easier.
What social features does Facebook provide in VR?
Some examples of social features that Facebook provides on Oculus include:
Chats — Chat with friends in or out of the headset, and quickly hop into games together
User and developer-created events — Organize tournaments or multiplayer games with friends
Livestreaming — Share gameplay to your Facebook timeline from VR
Sharing to Groups — Post to VR-related Facebook Groups under your VR username
Parties — Create open parties to meet up with friends in-VR