Don't Delete Facebook Or You'll Lose All Oculus Games For Good

Don't permanently delete your Facebook account or you will lose all the games you purchased.

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If you have an Oculus VR headset and were thinking about deleting your Facebook account in order to go off the social media grid, you may want to reconsider. If you completely delete the Facebook account linked to your Oculus device, you will also lose access to all VR games you purchased. You won't be able to get them back if you make a new account, either.

You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all. Because of this connection, you must keep that account to have access to the purchases you've made. You don't necessarily have to link a Facebook account yet on the older Oculus devices, including the first Quest, but as UploadVR pointed out, support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023 and then all users will need Facebook.

If you deactivate your Facebook account instead of permanently deleting it, you also won't be able to access any of your Oculus information. However, this can be reversed by reactivating it, while the deletion method does not have an "undo." If you make a new account, you'll have to purchase all that content again.

This seems to apply to Facebook accounts that are banned, as well--so your safest bet is to keep your Facebook, but not use it very much. It's an extremely troubling restriction.

Despite these restrictions, Facebook has made its Quest platform quite enticing recently. The latest iteration is less expensive, lighter, and includes a higher-resolution screen than its predecessor, along with a more-comfortable strap design. With no more versions of Oculus Rift being made, the company is all-in on the standalone headset, which can also play PC-powered VR games via the Oculus Link cable. That includes high-end VR games like Half-Life: Alyx, essentially meaning you'll only need one VR headset unless you're interested in playing PlayStation VR exclusives.

It's also partnering with other game companies to bring new blockbuster games to the platform, including Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond from Respawn Entertainment and new Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell games from Ubisoft. There has not otherwise been a Splinter Cell game of any sort since 2013.

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Obviously that is quite low from FB.

However, surely the same applies to most digital purchases? if we delete our Sony/MS/Amazon accounts we lose access to films/games that we've purchased digitally with them?

This is why I always try to buy a physical copy where possible.

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@ssdd_again:

Well Microsoft doesn’t make you sign up to a social platform after the fact....

Facebook also is suffering from accusations of misuse of personal information and privacy, makes it very hard to stay off Facebook when it made mandatory after the purchases.

IMO it Would be a different story if users were made aware before instead of after, Facebook should refund users who want out.

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@systemoverload: Yeah, fair point. Skirted what I was getting at though ;) .

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Billions spent to buy Oculus & they screw the entire thing into the ground with one dumb assed decision. Zuckerberg can eat my ass.

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Wow, this is one of the most fucked up things a company could ever do. In part because fb is banning accounts left and right for usually no reason given and as they have no support to contact you're usually out of luck if it happens to you. And it's fucking fb. But I guess it's people's fault for buying an Oculus after the fb purchase if they thought that nothing bad would come out of it.

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@Atzenkiller: Honestly curious what happens if you are suspended? Is the vR suspended too? I just ask because I get suspended all the time, they reversed it 3 times but was still unable to access my account for 3 days, and even though it was "reversed" it still counts as a ban so the next one is 7 days. I got suspended for saying the word "dumb," didn't even call someone dumb, just said "that's a dumb statement" and got 3 day ban. Meanwhile I report people cussing me out and giving me death threats and it doesn't break policy lol

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But I don't have occulas games nor the service? Why because it's a very expensive platform to buy into.

Oh what, that's right Facebook deleted.

Oh wait wait wait, can't delete yet, you generate amazing advertising to the consumer, from a business standpoint so I'll stay awhile until your broken up.

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going to skip the Quest 2 then. I don't use Facebook.

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Let's hope someone creates a open source firmware for the Oculus devices that bypass the facebook account by then. I don't endorse this given how ban happy social media is over people who don't think exactly the way they want them to.

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Well, that's one way to hold back the VR industry. Facebook really want to be integrated deep into everything you do.

I wouldn't be going anywhere near the brain chips they are currently developing. It would probably shut down your brain if you delete your account.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/consumer-electronics/portable-devices/heres-how-facebooks-braincomputer-interface-development-is-progressing

Looking at it purely on the account only side of things it makes sense. If you deleted your Steam account, or Sony account, or Microsoft account, Etc. all your purchases would disappear as well. What makes this more scary, is how much more personal your account with Facebook it. I would much prefer that they have an account system not directly tied to Facebook (or not at all being the best.)

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I have an Oculus Rift, and I'm fairly sure I'll want an upgrade by the time 2023 rolls around. Until that time, you've cost yourself business by essentially saying that I shouldn't buy anything from the Oculus store from this point forward, nor should I consider Oculus when making a decision on which headset to get next. Thumbs up. Did the person running this operation graduate from the same school of business as the yo-yo that runs Stadia?

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Yea, read this. It's ridiculous.

Once my Rift S is done be putting the extra money in for another product.

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"You're required to link a Facebook account when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset, and if your Facebook account isn't in good standing, you will not be able to use the Quest 2 at all."

Well that's just kinda messed up. But meh... **** zuckerberg and the problems his site has created so I don't think I'll be missing out on anything.

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I lost all interest in oculus when facebook bought it.

It seems I have no reason to regret that.

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What if you don't terminate your account but you get banned for some reason?

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@BlueFlameBat: Means you lose access to your Oculus.

https://www.androidcentral.com/what-do-if-your-oculus-quest-2-facebook-account-gets-banned

The article is more of a self help article, but the fact that it exists means it is a possibility.

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@lion2447: Then you can just legally sell it back to them as to prevent access to a purchased item is actually illegal at least it is in OZ :).

Not that i would stoop so low as to get anything from Facebook to begin with lol

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A small price to pay to be free from one of the bigger threats to society these days.

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Why would ANYONE buy ANY product, when the seller reserves the right to STEAL YOUR PRODUCT!?

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I'm sure Facebook will paint themselves as the misunderstood victim in this upcoming shit show.

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I actually was very close to getting one of these, but I can't stand what Facebook has become and haven't used it in years. I know I could just create a dummy account, but I don't like the idea of bowing to their will, not to mention the threat of keep it active or lose all games. Sorry Facebook, I'll be investing my money elsewhere.

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I really would have been interested in this headset if it wasn't affiliated with Facebook. I deleted Facebook and Instagram this year and I am happy I did. Screw Zuckerberg.

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Facebook is watching you.

Terminator Genisys.

Why does Quest need to be attached Facebook account? Facebook owns it? Not cool consider how intrusive Facebook is.

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It's an irritant, but as some have noted, just create the most basic FB account and that's it. You don't need to link friends and family. Problem solved.

This does show to me though, that a good competitor could come in and help lay waste to this requirement. Just create an equivalent headset, and one could probably get away with charging a little more, but not require hooking to any form of social media. Just have headset accounts like we had initially with the Quest 1. I think a lot of folks would flock to it.

I do use FB and while I don't like this requirement, I would move to another headset with the same capabilities that didn't force this upon me.

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I don't understand the big deal. I have 2 burner accounts anyway. Isn't to say that they can't gleam information from it, but doesn't make a lick of difference to spend a few minutes making up bull. Would I prefer it without, sure it takes an extra step away but that is about the only effect on myself I'll see from it.

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@Smosh150: Those burner accounts are always going to have possibility of getting banned. Burner accounts were a great idea before this new declaration of losing all your games. Before, you just had to have an account; now, that account can’t be deleted or banned.

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@maxxdiamond: That's actually a pretty good argument against. Didn't occur to me. Doubtful I'd ever see my accounts banned after over a decade old, but like you say a possibility. I assume there will be safeguards to prevent this as well, but until we learn anything about that then I can agree with you.

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@Smosh150: I’m hoping enough people revolt, and Oculus changes their policy. I will not be purchasing any further Oculus products, and I have a Facebook account In good standing for family and friends who don’t live near me. I can’t keep supporting these kinds of business practices.

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@maxxdiamond: They will strongarm this. Buying a Q2 is stupid if you want to hold on to your decade old "burner" accounts. They are already against the TOS and that is not an opinion.

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@arani337: Yep, exactly!

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Sure. Continue to be another cog in their wheel of sheep. I say no.

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It's a shame the Quest 2 is tied to Facebook. It could have been great.

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So you have to let Facebook invade your privacy and give them access to your personal information and make them your big brother watchdog or you can't use their toy.

And people wonder why Mark Zuckerberg is so loathed.

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that is kind of stupid and it should be attach to a email and the account to stay in forever until you delete your oculus account.

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I don't see what the point of deleting your account is, they keep all that data and build a shadow account for you. So might as well just leave it up and delete your friends list and never use it again.

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and people still support these a holes.

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See, this is the problem right here. This is where we need a class-action lawsuit. I bought all these games long before Facebook forced me to link accounts in order to use my Quest 2, and I never ever agreed to lose my games library entirely if I deleted my Facebook account--not once, ever.

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@amaneuvering: Except...you probably did agree to lose your game library if you deleted your Facebook account with the latest Terms of Use or EULA. I would be surprised if they didn't make you click "accept" on some massive agreement upon first turning on your Quest 2 and linking your account.

So a class-action lawsuit would not work.

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@gamer112696: A signed contract or waiver form isn't a guarantee to protect the company from any lawsuits. There can still be lawsuits claiming that the contract was not fair. If it weren't this way, companies would be able to hide ridiculous clauses within the Terms of Use or EULA which most people do not read when they click on Agree.

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@amaneuvering:

Indeed. We were even told, at the outset, that we wouldn't need a Facebook account for the Oculus Rift (before the first one launched, if I remember correctly). And now...here we are.

It seemed too good to be true that the Quest 2 would have an XR2 in it, and now we know why: they priced the Quest 2 (which is a significant step up from the OG) at a price lower than the original, to entice people into their ecosystem by offering the lowest priced headset. Spend about half the price of any other headset you can use with your PC...at the cost of all your data.

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I detest the social invasion that is Facebook so Oculus can go *#*% itself in it's virtual A-hole.

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I deleted Facebook and you're right, I'm loving it now.

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I literallt just logged in because the fucking typo in the title is so bad

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