Meta will now allow users of its Quest VR headsets to sign in with a new Meta account instead of a Facebook account, the company announced Tuesday. The Verge reports: The company said in July that the change would go into effect in August, marking a departure from an unpopular policy announced in 2020 that required users to sign into their headsets with a Facebook account instead of a separate Oculus account. Users can create Meta accounts through the Meta mobile app using an email address, Facebook or Instagram account. After creating a Meta account, you will need to set up an associated Meta Horizon social profile to be used in VR. As with Facebook accounts before, you’ll need one of these accounts to use the Quest headset.
“Our new Meta account structure gives you more flexibility and control, letting you choose how you appear and don’t appear — and whether Facebook and/or Instagram are part of your experience in VR and other surfaces where you use Meta Horizon. profile,” writes Meta in his blog. If you want to set up a Meta account, the company has instructions in a blog post and video. If you’re still using an Oculus account, you’ll be able to do so until January 1, 2023. After that date, you’ll need to create a Meta account. The company says that the ability to create a Meta account and Meta Horizon profile is currently being rolled out, so if you can’t do so yet, you will soon be able to.