Apparently, starting today, Oculus social features (friends list, parties, visiting people's Oculus Homes) will now require a linked Facebook account. This was already the case for some apps like Venues, and some features, like accessing your phone's camera roll in the Quest gallery. Going forward, new social features will demand a Facebook account, and now existing features will too.
Starting today, when you choose to log into
Facebook from the Oculus Platform, you’ll be able to access new social
features that make it easier for you to connect with other people,
- Chats, so you can message your Oculus friends in or out of the headset with quick responses to hop into games together
- Join your friends
in VR directly from any device with links that open to where your
friends are within an app, and see the most popular destinations where
people are playing in VR
- User-created Events, so you can organize meetups or multiplayer games with friends
- Share photos, videos, and livestreaming to Facebook, allowing you to share your favorite moments to Facebook Groups from VR
- Parties that any of your Oculus friends can join (previously parties were only invite-only)
- Messenger friends can easily join you in VR when you send them links to join you where you’re playing
these changes roll out and we make it easier for people to connect and
build communities in VR, we’ll ask people to log into Facebook from the
Oculus Platform to use both the new social features above, as well as
existing social features like joining parties, adding friends, and
visiting other people’s Homes. These features are already powered by
Facebook, since Oculus is part of the Facebook family of apps. And now
first-party social interactions on the Oculus Platform will be backed by
Facebook identity, allowing us to help keep people safer in VR as we
grow the social VR ecosystem.
Personally, I'm not excited to see this, but I guess it's not surprising. I've never had a FB account, and haven't been interested in creating one, but we'll see how it goes--the obvious answer is to create one just for Oculus-related activity and not populate it with a lot of personally identifying information.