Facebook ‘Exploring Multi-Account Support’ For Oculus Quest

by Ian Hamilton • May 17th, 2019

Facebook’s Oculus Quest all-in-one VR headset requires a factory reset to connect a new account to the system.

The company confirmed to us they are “exploring multi-account support for the future.”

“At launch, Quest can be connected with one Oculus account,” reads a statement from Facebook. “That said, we know Quest is the kind of headset people will want to share, so we’re exploring multi-account support for the future.”

Facebook Accounts And Real Identity

Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014. Over the last five years, the VR team powered a series of headsets including Gear VR, Rift and Oculus Go. They eventually started more actively promoting the use of an individual’s real identity with the headset via their Facebook account. For those without a Facebook account, or those who just don’t want to use it, Facebook still allows people to sign up for a new Oculus account. Some apps, though, like Oculus Venues, require linking a Facebook account in order to use.

Oculus Quest is Facebook’s $400 standalone VR headset which comes with a pair of Touch hand controllers for more natural input than last year’s lower cost Oculus Go system. This brings Oculus Quest more in line with the high-end PC-based Oculus Rift. Quest, though, relies on a mobile chipset running a highly customized version of the open-source Android project. Oculus Go runs this same Android-based platform and we were directed by Facebook to the support page for Go in trying to understand how account handling works on the new Oculus Quest. The same mobile app on Android and iOS manages both standalone headsets.

“You can only have one account logged into your Oculus Go at any given time,” the support page explains. “If you’d like to remove the account connected to your Oculus Go, perform a factory reset on the headset and set it up again from scratch.”

Facebook confirmed at its recent F8 developer’s conference they are planning another Oculus Connect (OC6) event focused on VR devs. Though we’ve enjoyed VRChat and Rec Room quite a bit on the new Quest headset, Facebook’s social strategy for Quest is still unclear and we’re likely to see major updates at OC6.

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