Existing Oculus and new users will need a Facebook account to log in and use the upcoming Oculus Quest 2 headset when it releases on Oct. 13, Facebook announced earlier this week.
The company had announced last August that it would be phasing out Oculus accounts in favor of Facebook accounts to log into its virtual reality headsets. Existing Oculus users would have until Jan. 1, 2023 to make the switch, while new accounts would need a Facebook account starting this month.
The change begins this week with the release of the Oculus Quest 2, which will require existing users to merge their Oculus and Facebook accounts when logging into the device for the first time.
Users will be able to have separate profile names for VR and Facebook, and can turn off people finding them through their Facebook name in privacy settings through the Oculus app or headset.
Existing Gear VR, Oculus Go, Rift, Rift S, or Quest users can still use their Oculus accounts on those systems until Jan. 1, 2023. Non-merged users can still use their headsets, but could lose some games or apps that require a Facebook account or are not supported by the developer anymore.
The Oculus Quest 2 will begin shipping out tomorrow, Oct. 13 starting at $299 and is PC optional. Facebook announced last month that it would be discontinuing its PC-required Oculus Rift S hardware, which would make the Oculus Quest 2 the only option for Oculus users to upgrade.