Oculus headsets have been quite popular among VR fans, and they remain a hit as new models continue to sell quite well. Facebook, which purchased Oculus VR in 2014, has announced a new unification strategy that will pave the way for the integration of the two services.
From the upcoming fall, any customers who buy a new Oculus device will have to sign-in with a new or existent Facebook account to be able to use the accessory, while support for current accounts will be shut down in 20203.
Since Facebook acquired the company Oculus was treated as a stand-alone entity as products were released under the Oculus brand. While the option to use a Facebook account was available, it was not mandatory, and one of the co-founders of Oculus mentioned before the acquisition that it would never be.
However, it appears that the social media titan has decided to change its approach as a complex two-step strategy was announced. While new users will need a Facebook account to access the ecosystem, the accounts of existent users will receive grandfather status until 2023.
It is not clear if existent users will have the option to continue to use Oculus devices after 2023 without the need to use a Facebook account, but Facebook does underline the fact that they will not have access to all the features offered by the accessory without one.
Despite the recent investments made by Facebook, the social network platform remains the strongest service provided by the company, and it is not surprising that the integration was announced. After all, a unified ecosystem would reduce operational costs while also offering the opportunity to attract new users to the social network.
Despite the potential benefits offered by the transition, some Oculus users have expressed their disagreement and argued that a stand-alone account option should remain available.
Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.