Remember when Quest VR headsets started requiring you to log in with a Facebook login, and pretty much everyone hated it? Remember when Mark Zuckerberg said he would add the ability to use the Quest platform without a Facebook account in a future software update? Remember when everyone asked for a “Meta” account instead, effectively solving none of the problems of using Facebook as the underlying platform for a completely separate gaming system?
One of those things didn’t happen.
So the real news is that users of the hugely popular (and recently more expensive) Quest 2 VR headset can finally start using the gaming system without needing a Facebook account. And the other problem is that, instead of reverting to the perfectly usable Oculus accounts that were used before Facebook bought the company, users now have the option of using a Meta account instead.
Meta, for the uninitiated, is the new umbrella company that owns both Oculus and Facebook, and is pushing Zuckerberg’s VR-heavy vision of the future of Metaverse (in which he plays the villain of Loan player one).
Users are not happy, to put it simply. A mandatory account with a notoriously invasive and manipulative provider of personal data to billions of people and a willing participant in the spread of violent rhetoric and misinformation, and an account with the parent company of a notoriously invasive and manipulative provider of and et cetera et cetera, is a distinction without difference. It’s not an outright lie, but it amounts to the same thing. This is exactly what no one asked for.
Now, as before, users can purchase a Meta Quest 2 headset and use it simply as an extension of a gaming PC. It performs remarkably well in that capacity, even wirelessly if your network is up to it. And it’s possible to never donate another dollar to Facebook Meta again after purchasing the initial headset – just get your VR games on Steam’s VR platform or load them onto the Android-based headset, instead of use the Meta game store. It’s impractical, but it’s more than possible, and it’s still the cheapest way to get into virtual reality.
But this meta bait and switch move is, frankly, BS.