Remove Mandatory Facebook Login!
Remove Mandatory Facebook login in order to accept friend requests and use the Oculus app. I have never had Facebook nor do i want it. I just want to play vr. I don’t want to have to have facebook to enjoy my 500$ Virtual Reality Headset with my friends.
Suave' David Shore commented
I prefer using Oculus headsets and as my friends begin developing interested VR, I would like to recommend Oculus. As long as this requirement is present, I will continue recommending waiting for a similarly featured competitor's product that does not require connecting a social media account.
The moment this started I completely stopped using any Oculus social features. I haven't visited my home since the change.
Sanchit Batra commented
I personally don't care about my privacy as much as most users and this didn't affect me in the slightest, but forcing it is a terrible move for those that do. Given Facebook's history of negligence regarding user data this is a very valid concern.
You have created a product of the like that comes once in a decade. Don't ruin it.
I have a Facebook account but my friend does not. Now we cannot play together as he does not want to be connected to social media. Very disappointing to hold features *******. This was not needed before it shouldn’t be needed now
this is awful to say the least. can't even socialize without mr zucky suckying my data huh.
Remove the the facebook login.
Such a pain. Also why can users only export photos to facebook wirelessly?? Ridiculous! We should be able to wirelessly export to devices first and foremost.
Unnecessary and unneeded.
Ryan Murray commented
I have many friends and people that cannot use Facebook die to age restrictions.. It’s stupid and unnecessary and not to mention the fact some of my friends were able to in the past without Facebook with the CV1!
Ricardo milès commented
I know facebook will likely not even acknowledge this but cmon, we dont need a facebook acount for this stuff its just arbitrary!
Phillip Reese commented
I would agree with this. I have never used Facebook and never will.
Huge, unnecessary hassle. Please change.
I’ve never gotten to use the party or chat features, because my friends parents don’t let him have a Facebook account. It’s ridiculous, these features shouldn’t be locked behind a Facebook account. I can understand uploading photos and video needs Facebook, but chat? That doesn’t even sync with Facebook or anything that might make a little sense? Oculus accounts are useless, only for buying games, Facebook accounts are used for everything instead. WE HAVE ACCOUNTS, LET US USE THEM! bad.
Brian McFall commented
Get rid of it. It's BS.
Steven Lamb commented
I got a Quest for my kids that are not old enough for Facebook. We can not enjoy our VR time together because of this.
Carlos Burgos commented
This is a must. Stop forcing us to use your platform. We want a more open system.
we can feel a lot of frustration, anger and even hatred in these comments. it is quite understandable. with the change that was made at the end of 2019, some important features that were working fine have been disabled for people without a facebook account. they are currently unable to voice chat with friends outside of games that implement voice chat (not all do), and setting up multiplayer games is more or less cumbersome depending on the game.
for example: to play “drop dead: dual strike edition” with a friend, you have to launch a quick play at the same time and hope the game will match you with your friend. only when this has succeeded at least once will this friend appear in your (internal) friends list, and you can then invite them to play the next time (from within the game only). because of this, your friends list gets automatically populated with all players that the game matched you with, and it is not possible to remove people you don’t know. this is ridiculous and broken.
for more information on what works and what doesn’t, see this in-depth article (about the oculus quest): https://medium.com/@darkuni/quest-how-does-facebook-impact-quest-owners-12ef2782bd0c
it is understandable that facebook wants to integrate its social features more into the oculus platform. for people that have a facebook account, this is probably very convenient. i think it is a good thing that facebook gives this option to their users.
the problem comes from the fact that these important features are now only accessible if you have a facebook account. this is very unfortunate, as it punishes the user and actually cripples the device. this move diminishes the value of the platform, and drives away many potential new customers.
this is especially true for the oculus quest (which is a great device b.t.w.), as there is currently no way to install and use a separate application for voice chat that could be run alongside other applications, including the oculus home. because of this, to communicate with friends, you need to juggle with your phone or your computer while not seeing these devices (or trying to look at them through the nose gap), and have to drop your controllers each time you want to interact with them. this is pretty annoying.
we may argue that people should just create a facebook account and the problem would be solved for them. maybe this is what facebook is thinking? maybe they don’t see what the problem actually is? the problem is that there is no such thing as “just creating a facebook account”. having a facebook account means joining facebook, the social network, and this is anything but negligible. it has serious, critical side effects, that are undesirable to many people.
it is not that people without a facebook account don’t just want to create an account. it is that it’s important to them to *not* have a facebook account.
to facebook: please acknowledge that there are people that don’t want to have a facebook account. don’t force it on them. they are customers who already paid several hundreds of dollars. show that they are important to you. show that you listen to them and that you care. be inclusive. choice and freedom is good. leave all important features available to everyone, with or without a facebook account.
this is why it’s important that everyone votes for this issue, whether you have a facebook account or not.
here is an excellent article that dives deeper into this issue: https://medium.com/@darkuni/oculus-quest-forced-facebook-integration-no-big-deal-or-class-action-suit-16a06b418975
I know Facebook is everywhere!! Its well annoying!
unsatisfied Oculus owner commented
I have no intention of using Facebook, and i do not appreciate this approach from Oculus. if i had of known this would happen i would have waited out for Valve's VR.