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Oculus users, already fuming at Facebook chaining their VR headsets to their Facebook accounts, have been warned they could lose all their Oculus purchases and account information in future if they ever delete their profile on the social network. The rule is a further binding of the gaming company that Facebook bought in 2014 …

  1. raving angry loony
    Mushroom

    Oculus is fraud

    Over 9500 people ripped off for just under 2.5 million based on false promises on their kickstarter. Followed by lie after lie.

    Now this.

    I can only hope Oculus just dies. Hard. It deserves to die. As a company. As a product. As an idea that it's ok to lie, cheat, lie again, cheat, defraud, and somehow still be able to find enough people purchase the product. The people who were behind this massive shit-show of a fraud need to be taken down.

    They won't, I know. They'll keep their millions, they'll laugh at all the stupid fucks who bought into it, but damnit, it's not right.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re:but damnit, it's not right.

      but, as you said, "They'll keep their millions, they'll laugh at all the stupid fucks who bought into i". And the world moves on, and news suckers fund new, revolutionary, breakthrough, disruptive, life-changing, indispensable and absolutely essential toys. Great idea, let the fools pay for x number of ideas, see which one breaks through, scoop, repeat. Isn't it what other giants practice, google particularly, but not solely?

      1. don't you hate it when you lose your account Silver badge

        As the dammed say

        I gave my soul to zuck, the next day the git came back and wanted more

    2. HildyJ Silver badge
      WTF?

      "They won't, I know"

      The sad truth is that the public is gradually coming to accept hardware as a subscription. It started with phones that were locked to carriers and couldn't be unlocked. Zuck is just the latest greedy arsehole who's jumping on this trend. People will still buy the Oculus, even knowing that it won't work without a Fecesbook account, because they have no intention of ever quitting FB. Even Apple's buy-in pales in comparison to Zuck.

      It's a sad world we live in.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "They won't, I know"

        " It started with phones that were locked to carriers and couldn't be unlocked."

        The EU and UK have banned the locking of phones to a carrier.

    3. very angry man

      Re: Oculus is fraud

      word for word could be used to describe the US government,ur..Uk govt,Aust govt, ok any govt!

    4. zuckzuckgo Bronze badge

      Re: Oculus is fraud

      It seems the wind does not so much blow as zuck.

  2. jake Silver badge

    Fuck you, Zchmuck.

    Need I say more?

  3. 759b954e-617b-408b-a2b1-f5a42c3688d4
    Stop

    Optional

    Oculus is definitely now technologia non grata. Hopefully this will cause it to fail.

    1. TVU

      Re: Optional

      "Oculus is definitely now technologia non grata. Hopefully this will cause it to fail"

      I think the better way to solve this one is for Facebook's conduct in this matter to be dealt with by a thorough anti-trust investigation in the USA to include all the tech giants and their assorted misdeeds as well.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Optional

        a thorough anti-trust investigation in the USA

        Um...have you seen the shitshow of a government we have over here these days?

        1. mattje

          Re: Optional

          Hopefully not for long

  4. Mark #255

    Facebook telling you who they are - we should listen

    Facebook said that "Apple [...] continues to exert control over a very precious resource". They are, of course, referring to people.

    1. Mike 137 Silver badge

      Re: Facebook telling you who they are - we should listen

      "[...] a very precious resource". They are, of course, referring to people."

      Only in quantity (vast quantities) - individuals are worthless to them, which is why they trample all over individuals' rights.

  5. lglethal Silver badge
    Go

    Surely illegal

    IANAL but at least in Europe, I would think that them deleting games from your account would be an illegal act. Yes, I am aware that you dont "buy" software anymore, you licence it, blah, blah, blah. But even so, removing something you've paid for would seem a step too far simply because you deleted your account. This is not a service shutting down and deleting the things you've bought (like what happened to that Microsoft book service whose name i cant remember). This is an active service deleting paid for content because of a change in the terms of service (now requiring a login). That would seem likely to be illegal to me.

    Any one want to test the rules, and then take this to court? It would be lovely to get a solid European court ruling on this, so that we can finally put a stop to these tech giants threatening such actions. I wouldnt count on the American Courts to do anything about this, so lets hope the European courts continue to be the beacons for consumer rights...

    1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

      Re: Surely illegal

      I can't speak for America, but I suspect in Europe you'd get a sympathetic view from the courts of a large company unilaterally fundamentally changing their T&Cs to the detriment of consumers.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        in Europe you'd get a sympathetic view from the courts of a large company

        problem is, it would take a non-gov to pick up the fight, the court case will take 10 years (minimum, with appeals and further appeals), and in the end, the offender will pay 10 - 100 mln, which is not even small change to them. Rinse and repeat.

      2. N2 Silver badge
        Mushroom

        Re: Surely illegal

        I suspect in Europe you'd get a sympathetic view from the courts of a large company unilaterally fundamentally changing their T&Cs to the detriment of consumers.

        I agree entirely, but banks change T&Cs continuously, usually to the detriment and get away with it.

        Icon, for FB et all its dodgy outfits --->

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Surely illegal

          "[...] but banks change T&Cs continuously [...]"

          Some UK banks are considering charging for current accounts again. No doubt they will offer the fair alternative of you moving your account elsewhere.

          At the same time the Westminster government is making all state benefits paid only into a bank account or electronically.

          1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

            Re: Surely illegal

            And then banks can withdraw your account without notice if you aren't a good citizen - https://unherd.com/2020/10/how-corporations-can-delete-your-existence/

      3. hoola Silver badge

        Re: Surely illegal

        Yes it may be but as the Zuck and Farcebook have demonstrated over and over again, they simply don't give a stuff. They just throw some of their nearly bottomless pit of money at lawyers to make the problem go away.

        Rinse and repeat.

    2. Mike 137 Silver badge

      Re: Surely illegal

      Not surely, but possibly. There's a prohibition under the GDPR against collecting personal data on the basis of consent where the data collected is not essential for the provision of a service subscribed to by the data subject. there's also a prohibition on constraining consent. Depending on the detail, the two might possibly be invoked together towards an argument. However there seem to be moves to defuse provisions of the GDPR which are viewed as "excessively onerous" in many quarters, so this might be a hard (and expensive) matter to pursue.

    3. MachDiamond Silver badge

      Re: Surely illegal

      "I would think that them deleting games from your account would be an illegal act."

      If your Amazon account is deleted for returning too many items, any music or movies you have are also gone. If Apple loses the right to license some music, it disappears from you iDevice. If you have a streaming account with Disney, they can delete your access to all or a portion of their library if they want you to watch it on the telly with all of the commercials during the holidays.

      If you don't have it in your own sweaty hands, it's not yours. If it takes an internet connection to make it go, it can be taken away any femto second. I think it was Heinlein that said you don't own anything you can't carry at a dead run.

      I have software subscriptions for the applications I use in my business, but I also have k'd versions as a back up. Sometimes I run the k'd version because the official software is a right PIA. I'm not sure I'd win a lawsuit, but I think I'd have a good chance if I can show I have paid for a license. If my or their internet is down, I still may need to get work done. The last thing I want is for some window to pop up telling me the software can't check in and I, therefore, can't save what I'm working on or output some files.

  6. chivo243 Silver badge
    WTF?

    Step back, way back

    From the social network, and anything connected to it. Run away!

    1. macjules Silver badge

      Re: Step back, way back

      They stab it with their steely knives,

      But they just can't kill the beast

      Far more appropriate when referring to Zuckerberg or Facebook

  7. EricM

    Tying unrelated goods/services together ...

    ... to excert control ovver customers and/or hurt the competition?

    IANAL and all, but this just sounds like the perfect application for antitrust law...

    1. octarii
      Stop

      Re: Tying unrelated goods/services together ...

      IANAL either, but I think the GDPR is going to be an even better fit for the job.

      "When assessing whether consent is freely given, utmost account shall be taken of whether, inter alia, the performance of a contract, including the provision of a service, is conditional on consent to the processing of personal data that is not necessary for the performance of that contract."

    2. MachDiamond Silver badge

      Re: Tying unrelated goods/services together ...

      "IANAL and all, but this just sounds like the perfect application for antitrust law..."

      Depends. You likely agreed to arbitration so you're screwed there. You might have a case if the requirement is put in place after you have already purchased the item if they won't buy it back from you (at full price). The "fine print" is long and tedious so you won't read it (or understand it). I live in a world of contracts so I've gotten reasonably good at spotting the pitfalls but not all of them.

  8. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
    Big Brother

    And to think we complain about...

    the Apple 'lock-in'. This move by Faecaebook takes the whole concept to new levels of scumbaggery. This will be the new baseline.

    I can't wait for someone to reverse engineer the Oculus H/W and provide a new service without the Facebook Big Brother Overlord watching your every move.

    Stop using Zuckbook now. Vote with your feet. Give them the finger.

    1. MachDiamond Silver badge

      Re: And to think we complain about...

      "And to think we complain about...

      the Apple 'lock-in'."

      With Apple it's well known going in that it's a very tight environment. You don't buy an iPad and a year later they tell you that if you don't get and keep a subscription with Apple, it will stop working and everything on it will be wiped.

  9. Dave 126 Silver badge

    What's the state of play with other VR systems? Does Occulus have better hardware than competitors? (Edit: a quick Google search tells me the Occulus systems are stand-alone and work well, the HTC systems are tethered and the Valve system looks to be the mutt's nuts but is very pricey. )

    Last I looked, VR looked to be slowly growing (hampered by the cost of the GPUs required to use it satisfactorily), with only a few gamers dipping their toes in the water... haven't heard much about the PlayStation VR kit for a while either, amongst the news of the latest generation consoles.

    1. MJI Silver badge

      PSVR

      Not the best system but it works and the games are good.

      Ask Mark Cerny about PS5

    2. Boothy Silver badge

      When the first HTC Vive came out you basically needed a top end gaming PC to do it justice. (Or an extremely expensive high end gaming laptop).

      A decent mid range PC is fine now, or a more regular gaming laptop (although these are still pricy). Valve recommend a GTX 1070 or better for the Index, I'd probably suggest a 2060 Super, or better.

      The best experience currently (imho), I'd say is with the Valve Index, full room scale, really good Index controllers, and of course a large software platform in Steam. But it's still expensive, so not exactly casual yet!

      The new Index Controllers also work with anything that uses the Valve lighthouse system, so can be used on older kit like the HTC Vive (one of my friends has a 1st gen Vive, and bought some Index controllers for it.

  10. My-Handle Silver badge

    Not regretting...

    ...my recent purchase of a Valve Index over here.

    A couple of months ago I was still weighing up which headset was the best buy. The Oculus gear was getting the best reviews on the various tech websites, it's price point was much lower than the competition (in the £300-£400 region)... but that "you now need a Facebook account to use it" had happened. I thought it just wasn't going to be worth the hassle of dealing with whatever jack-assery Facebook started to throw around and went with the (much) more expensive option instead. The Index was £919, if I recall right.

    Hear that, Facebook? I'd rather pay an extra £500 than deal with you and your bullshit.

    1. Boothy Silver badge

      Re: Not regretting...

      I had the Oculus DK2, was planning on sticking with Oculus once the full retail version came out.

      I'd heard Facebook were buying them, so I bought a HTC Vive instead.

      Later on I upgraded to the Index, sold the Vive to a friend, who also wanted to avoid Oculus due to being owned by Facebook.

    2. MJI Silver badge

      Re: Not regretting...

      My son with Vive and PSVR now wants one of these.

      Spends ages in horror games and Beat Saber.

      He could write upa lot of pros and cons of the two, one is comfy, other is better. One is n FOS beast the other nore accurate elsewhere.

  11. DrXym Silver badge

    How to piss off potential customers 101

    I'm sure its no coincidence that there have been a convergence of stories about Facebook and gaming recently and it looks like Oculus has been dragged into the mire with it. Maybe as the Oculus Quest 2 goes mainstream they've decided they can piss off the tech nerds who are their existing user base. Or perhaps they've committed a major error. Either way it seems like a dick move to force people to use a Facebook account to use their headset.

    One piece of advice I would give for anyone pissed by this but who still wants to use a headset is to buy a burner sim, register a separate FB account and never mix the two together.

    1. BebopWeBop Silver badge

      Re: How to piss off potential customers 101

      That simply won't work. If you have purchased something then you will be linked and tracked.

      1. DrXym Silver badge

        Re: How to piss off potential customers 101

        If it's a fake account linked to a burner sim for verification then yeah they can track you. They can track all the games you play with your fake persona and people you connect online. It doesn't allow them to amalgamate that information with anything else you may use Facebook for.

    2. MJI Silver badge

      Re: How to piss off potential customers 101

      Just remember HTC are still in the game (much better kit) and PSVR is similar cost IF you have a PS4.

      I am going to borrow sons PSVR and play his motion controlled FPS game. As I am very good with MOVE and FPS* should be fun.

      * Top 0.5% online with Killzone 3 and entirely with MOVE.

    3. Cynic_999 Silver badge

      Re: How to piss off potential customers 101

      Except it is pretty much impossible to open a separate Facebook account. Unless you go to extraordinary lengths, Facebook algorithms eventually figure out they are controlled by the same person and link them.

      1. DrXym Silver badge

        Re: How to piss off potential customers 101

        Use a burner sim, make up a name of another person. How are they going to decide that you are not part of the same household?

        1. jtaylor Bronze badge

          Re: How to piss off potential customers 101

          Use a burner sim, make up a name of another person. How are they going to decide that you are not part of the same household?

          Fair point. They might just figure out that you're in the same household, active about the same times of day, purchases are made with the same credit card, and whatever other information they obtain. (I don't know if Facebook purchases data like demographic information, vehicle registrations, or voter affiliation.)

  12. mark l 2 Silver badge

    Surely changing their terms and conditions after you purchased the item to make Facebook login compulsary, is then a breach of contract? So everyone should be able to send back their Oculus for a full refund or sue facebook?

    1. Mage Silver badge
      Alert

      after you purchased ... login compulsary

      At least Personal Skype was free and MS had more or less broken it anyway by the time you could only use an MS account.

      See also Minecraft, which MS bought.

      When are the so called Tech companies going to be reigned in? Apple and Microsoft are Tech, but really Google, Facebook and Amazon just leverage technology.

      These are shocking lists

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Amazon

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Facebook

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Alphabet (Google)

      The real tech companies don't have a great look either. Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Qualcomm etc.

      1. jelabarre59 Silver badge

        Re: after you purchased ... login compulsary

        When are the so called Tech companies going to be reigned in? Apple and Microsoft are Tech, but really Google, Facebook and Amazon just leverage technology.

        Don't know, but when US Senators start working towards this, El Reg writes whiney articles complaining about it.

    2. tkioz

      Not really.

      Pretty much all EULAs have a "we can change this at will and f$#@ you for thinking otherwise" clause in there somewhere.

      1. Cuddles Silver badge

        Re: Not really.

        Just because such a clause is written down, that does not make it legally valid or enforceable. Most EULAs are already void simply because it's not reasonable to expect people to have actually read hundreds of pages of legalese - that's been given as an actual court ruling. So the fact that many of them also contain illegal clauses making them even more void is just icing on the cake. EULAs aren't intended as legal contracts, they're just an intimindation tactic that rely on the average person not knowing any better and not having the resources to take it to court.

      2. genghis_uk Silver badge

        Re: Not really.

        In the EU, any EULA clauses that goes against consumer protection law are null and void.

        Local laws win every time so they can write what they want but it is unenforceable.

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      3. tiggity Silver badge

        Re: Not really.

        They can include what they like - in UK, courts can decide that some T&Cs are taking the piss and strike them out, mileage varies in other legal systems.

        1. Richard 12 Silver badge

          Re: Not really.

          Indeed, and we can thank the EU for creating these protections - and the ECJ for enforcing them.

    3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      The problem is that you never signed an actual contract. It's the miracle of the Internet and Terms of Service that you automatically accept when you use the site. If the terms change, which they definitely can, then it is up to you to not use the site if you don't agree.

      Generally, if a website actually comes up with something I do not agree with, I will indeed no longer use the site (eh, LinkedIn ?). However, one must admit that Facebook has the easy upper hand here, because of the amount of people who basically have it connected intravenously.

      So The Zuck just goes and makes a monopolistic dick move, because he can.

      I really would like to see a class action lawsuit on that, but I don't see that you can complain legally.

    4. Cynic_999 Silver badge

      Vey few people have enough time or money to take a lawsuit against Facebook to its conclusion.

    5. jtaylor Bronze badge

      Surely changing their terms and conditions after you purchased the item to make Facebook login compulsary, is then a breach of contract?

      It's a change to the contract terms, no more or less.

      You use contract language to make a moral argument. Keep those concepts separate.

      Breach means that party violated the terms of the contract. Your remedies for breach are defined by the terms of the contract and applicable law. You could demand a full refund if that's one of the remedies available to you. If you file a lawsuit, be ready to show that your claim is appropriate, reasonable, and necessary. There's a reason that companies like to impose binding arbitration to resolve contract disputes.

  13. Mage Silver badge
    Terminator

    Standard Borg Procedure.

    WhatsApp, Instagram etc.

    "Let us buy them and we won't slurp or combine data"

    Facebook, one Lord to rule them all.

  14. Maelstorm Bronze badge
    Mushroom

    Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

    If Facebook is trying to kill the Oculus, this is a great way to do it. Just piss off not only your existing customers, but all your new customers to. This is like the French threating to cut off the middle finger of British archers, but got defeated instead. The archers showed the one-finger salute yelling "We can still pluck yew!" The modified form is what everyone should be yelling at Facebook as their ass is dragged into court for bait and switch.

    1. Spacedinvader
      Stop

      Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

      "French threating to cut off the middle finger of British archers" citation please. AFAIK this is false...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

        I also believe this to be false. Firstly, I first heard it about the "two-finger salute" rather than the middle finger (which is widely cited as being phallic in origin rather than archery-based). Secondly drawing a longbow usually uses three fingers, rather than two. Thirdly, the origin of "fuck" is generally believed to have been derived from middle-German "fikken" rather than the pun above.

        1. You aint sin me, roit Silver badge
          Holmes

          Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

          Indeed, the British gesture is the two-fingered V salute, not the middle-finger that Americans might expect. Hence "flick the Vs".

          Though given the carnage they inflicted on the French at Agincourt they were probably to busy to bother.

        2. jelabarre59 Silver badge

          Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

          Thirdly, the origin of "fuck" is generally believed to have been derived from middle-German "fikken" rather than the pun above

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04_rIuVc_qM **NSFW**

          And if you're in Brazil, be careful how you say "OK!"

  15. Dave314159ggggdffsdds Silver badge

    I don't understand. If you object to this, why wouldn't you just set up a throwaway Favebook account?

    1. WonkoTheSane
      Headmaster

      Because they have a habit of auto-closing "fake" & "inactive" accounts.

      1. genghis_uk Silver badge

        "Because they have a habit of auto-closing "fake" & "inactive" accounts"

        ... at which point your Oculus is now a paperweight

        https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/15/21518194/oculus-quest-2-headset-facebook-account-suspension-problems

        1. Dave314159ggggdffsdds Silver badge

          Surely if an OR is connecting regularly with data, then it's neither?

        2. TheMeerkat Bronze badge

          So now if you post something that disagrees with, say, Facebook policy on Covid, and they close your account, it is not just Facebook account you lose, it is also your hardware stops working?

  16. MJI Silver badge
    Go

    Easy ways round this.

    Very easy way of avoiding it luckily there are other good companies, one even works on a games console!

    A son has the following VR platforms.

    Firstly PSVR, it works really well and is a good entry level system. It may be tied to PSN but with a PS4 you tend to have to be.

    Next Vive, very good setup not as comfy. I don't think it is tied but the games are from Steam.

    Note NO OCULUS.

    Also funny how gamers are happy to sign up to STEAM, PSN or XBL but Faecesbook no. What are they doing so wrong?

    1. lglethal Silver badge
      Stop

      Re: Easy ways round this.

      Valve (Steam), and Sony (Playstation) are games companies. They only want to sell you games and sometimes the tech to play said games. Microsoft, at least the Xbox part of the company, has so far managed to remain also just a games company and not brought the data scooping/Ad purveying part of Microsoft in yet. Note yet...

      Facebook is a data gathering firm, who makes its money selling adverts and false info to peddle at you. Any connection with Gaming is purely to gather more data and peddle you more ads.

      Are you really surprised that gamers are happy to sign in to game firms in order to buy games, but not to sign into a firm who will then collect your data and sell it on to third parties without your consent?

      1. MJI Silver badge

        Re: Easy ways round this.

        Actually it was me being sarcastic. I don't mind games companies having the data I give them, they are not trying to take over my life.

        Or are they but in nicer ways?

      2. MachDiamond Silver badge

        Re: Easy ways round this.

        "Facebook is a data gathering firm, who makes its money selling adverts and false info to peddle at you."

        FB makes the real money selling the info they gather about you. The ads bring in a fair amount of dosh, but it's only the crust and not the filling.

  17. MrSuntan
    Big Brother

    Fuck FB

    Flogged my Oculus Quest on fleabay last week. a) I wasn't using it really b) FUCK FB and its insidious ways. I know I had until 2023 to merge accounts with FB but I got off that shit show probably 8 years ago and no intention of returning. I had considered creating a fake account just to use the Quest but thats a no go either.

  18. RedneckMother

    Oblig python reference

    RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

  19. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "a wave of anger among Oculus users"

    I felt that wave the minute I read that The Zuck was buying Oculous. It was at that moment that the product died for me, and that made me angry because it was promising at the time.

  20. Sampler

    Was considering one of these

    The quest 2 looked pretty good, but, not with that limitation. So, that's off the cards now..

  21. MtK
    FAIL

    WTF

    Registered last week as I bought an Oculus Quest 2. Don't know what the Facebook account is used for apart from beefing subscriber numbers. Still keeps showing ads asking me to buy an Oculus Quest 2. Muppets.

  22. lglethal Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Hello Foot, meet Mr Shotgun...

    This is for me one of the stupidest things Facebook could have done and if this doesnt kill the Oculus dead in the water, I'll be very very surprised.

    VR is still in its infancy. That means the only people on board are early adopters and those who feel invested in the technology. It's also a product that has at the moment about a 2 year shelf life, before things move to a new level. So you've just p*ssed off a large number of tech saavy people who realise that this is a tech in its infancy and so most will wait until there current Oculus is no longer good enough for them, and then will move to another brand.

    Oculus isnt the top end of the market, so people arent going to begrudgingly buy their Headset because its the best out there. They were considered good value previously, but as has already been mentioned above, people will just hold off buying until they can afford another (probabaly better) unit. VR is not exactly a must-have now item.

    If Oculus, were the bottom end of the market, I could see them doing this to try and combine it with their mobile games, (like that Samsung one a couple of years ago). But no oneis going to fork out €400 for something to play mobile games on (or at least not on top of the money already spent on the phone).

    So frankly, if this doesnt kill Oculus in the next few years, I will be VERY surprised...

    1. genghis_uk Silver badge

      Re: Hello Foot, meet Mr Shotgun...

      +1+1+1 Exactly this.

      I have a Quest not because it is the best device but because it is untethered, it has a good range of games and it is a great way to introduce others to VR. Having been interested in VR research since university (VPL Eyephones and hacking Nintendo Powergloves - good old days), the Quest provided a way to show what it is all about without a requirement for a high end gaming rig to drive it.

      VR gamers and developers are generally tech nerds and enjoy something different. They are not your normal, mainstream gamer who will try it and get bored shortly afterwards. Over the last year I have noted the emergence and expansion of the so called social aspects - VR theatre, VR spaces to meet other avatars... Knowing that most geek types are an anti-social bunch this always seemed a bit odd but now it makes sense.

      The problem is that the general public do not really want VR headsets so pushing Oculus at normal Facebook types is unlikely to get much traction. There is no killer game for VR to draw new players in and there is certainly no killer game for Quest 2 as it uses the current Quest titles. Oculus will probably push out updates for the Quest 2 as they did for the Quest so it will improve but why will someone not already interested in VR buy it?

      Equally, a lot of VR nerds do not want Facebook - These are teccy types like your average El Reg reader so social media consists of forums not Facebook. While Oculus was separate from Facebook there was a grudging acceptance but that has stopped now.

      So they are upsetting their core (including developers) in an attempt to push a £300 VR headset onto people who do not want it. I can't see this working out well for anyone.

      Props to the guys that have worked out a jailbreak! VR has always been the playground of hackers, long may it continue to be so.

      1. Richard 12 Silver badge
        Mushroom

        Re: Hello Foot, meet Mr Shotgun...

        Twitch and Discord are the big two "social networks" for VR gaming peeps, because they do livestreaming and Twitch pays you (if you have a sufficiently large following).

        Facebook just sells your life to anyone with some cash - there's no comparison at all.

        This will definitely kill Oculus completely the moment one "notable" streamer has any form of trouble.

      2. jelabarre59 Silver badge

        Re: Hello Foot, meet Mr Shotgun...

        I've only used my daughter's PSVR a couple times, and that was to watch the VR version of Hulu (yes, a VR streaming video. Just had to see just why they even made such a thing). I suppose it would be useful if you had a smaller TV screen, and wanted to watch Yuno Gasai murdering people in widescreen.

  23. Grease Monkey Silver badge

    Sums Zuck up perfectly doesn't it?

    He objects to Apple having control over users, but thinks he should be allowed to have complete control over users. I wonder if he is even able to explain why without just saying "I should be allowed to make all the money I want".

  24. iron Silver badge
    Boffin

    Back when Facebook bought Occulus I predicted this would happen and said Palmer Luckey was a short sighted fool. The mere act of being bought by Facebook made Occulus toxic hardware and none of my group of friends has touched it. It is nice to be proved right eventually.

  25. IGotOut Silver badge

    Errr. One problem.

    Should I buy one for my kids, how do they use it, given under 13s are not allowed to have a FB account.

    Foot, meet bullet.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    about:config

    I don't own any AR gear but I still disable "dom.vr.oculus.enabled" and "dom.vr.oculus.invisible.enabled" in about:config of Firefox.

    I haven't looked at the source and I'm sure that the code is innocuLus* without an attached headset but my distrust of all things Facebook makes me to disable it in my web browser anyway.

    *see what I did there?

  27. DS999

    Who cares?

    This will make Oculus less popular and others will succeed in their place.

    1. Qumefox

      Re: Who cares?

      the issue is occulus are pretty much the only ones in the market that have a decent standalone HMD that doesn't require a PC.

      If you want PC based VR. yeah, little reason to go with them though. just get a HP reverb G2 when they start hitting shelves in a week or so.

  28. Brian 3

    Just further proof we Citizens should have struck first against the Corporates, before it was too late!

    1. jake Silver badge

      "Citizens should have struck first against the Corporates"

      Some of us did. We tried to warn all y'all, but did you listen? Hell no, you took the easy route and ... Oh! SHINEY!

      1. Chronos

        Re: "Citizens should have struck first against the Corporates"

        A cow-orker of mine has just bought a Quest II. I laughed a little when he said "I had to sign up to Facebook" and then it struck me just how many people are being suckered into the clutches of the data fetishists with promises of "shiny." That, and just how green around the gills he looked after playing with it for hours the night before with the disagreement between visual cortex and inner ear still raging...

        By the time an open source solution arrives it'll be too late. The masses will already be hooked on - and quite possibly hypnotised by - the commercial loss-leader offerings.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Never had a Facebook account

    Never getting an Oculus

    Don’t feed the Zuck.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Never had a Facebook account

      Wait - there's *another* person that never had a Facebook account? Hurrah!!!!

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Never had a Facebook account

        Some of us have never had a facebook account and aren't AC. Imagine that!

        1. A. Coatsworth
          Thumb Up

          Re: Never had a Facebook account

          Hear, hear!

  30. Colin Bain
    Boffin

    Strange bedfellows?

    This tendency to make a commitment and then renege on them using relatively spurious language seems to be endemic. Are Boris and the Zuck man reading from the same play book?

  31. DrMichaelUSMC

    Unconscionable and corrupt

    I'm completely infuriated by this. When I bought this device from Microcenter, nobody said anything about my having to connect my Facebook account to the Oculus to be able to use it. We were literally promised this would never happen. Sounds like a class action lawsuit to me! Facebook is seeming more and more like Nazi Germany under Joseph Goebbels propaganda machine every day! Hoping now that we have a progressive Administration, that our government will do something about this!

    #ZuckerbergSucks

    #FacebookSucks

    #EndTheCorruption

    #FreeTheOculus

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Unconscionable and corrupt

      I can tell just how pissed off you are! It only took you, what, four and a half months(?), to finally notice that maybe you just might have an issue ...

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