Facebook anticipates that this move will help promote the growth of VR adoption with users as well as help with app exposure for developers. It’s also a move to help the company with any or future piracy issues.Primary account owners will have the ability to add up to three secondary accounts per headset. Support for multiple accounts will extend first to the Oculus Quest 2 followed by original Oculus Quest headsets at a later time.In a recent developer blog post, Oculus explains that multi-user support is still in its early stages and that the number of secondary users could change depending on feedback from both consumers and developers. I expect consumers are fine with support for additional accounts. After all, why buy 3 VR headsets when you can buy just one to share? Developers, on the other hand, may be less accepting of the new feature, as it could potentially eventually lead to a decrease in app sales.
Some of the Best Applications Have Nothing to Do with Gaming. Typically, when people think of virtual reality, they think of computer games. This is unfortunate because some of the best and most interesting virtual reality experiences out today have nothing to do with gaming. There are virtual reality travel experiences, virtual reality documentaries, and much, much more.
Secondary account users not only have access to the primary account owners content, but the ability to purchase their own games and experiences as well. They are not, however, able to share their purchases with the primary account.
It was reported back in August of 2020 that all Quest 2 owners would require a Facebook account in order to access future Oculus hardware. This policy still stands and is required for all secondary accounts.Any VR app developer who has a game or experience in the Oculus Quest store will automatically be opted into Facebook’s App Sharing feature beginning February 13, 2021. You can, however, opt out by visiting your Org Manager page. Just know that you have until February 12, 2021 to do so.All new Oculus Rift/Rift S or Oculus Quest/Quest 2 apps submitted to the Oculus platform beginning February 13, 2021 will be required to support App Sharing and must follow Oculus’s App Policies.
Multi-user support will begin rolling outnext month on Oculus Quest 2 headset.
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