Users of Meta’s VR headsets will no longer need to utilize an existing Facebook or Oculus account to sign up for or log in, and will instead be able to create a Meta account along with a Meta Horizon profile beginning in August. This will help Meta build its Metaverse.
You can log in to your VR devices and control all of your apps from one location with a Meta account, which Meta has emphasized is not the same as a social media profile.
To facilitate connection across all of their platforms and open up connected VR experiences, Meta has also provided the opportunity to link your Meta account with your Facebook and Instagram accounts via the Accounts Center.
Up to January 1, 2023, users who previously logged into their VR devices using their Oculus accounts may do so. A Meta account and a Meta Horizon profile would then need to be created by users.
The new Meta Horizon Profile is a social profile designed especially for virtual reality where users may select their appearance, username, profile name, profile photo, avatar, and more.
There will be a single Meta Horizon Profile that can be created by each Meta account. Additionally, according to Meta, your Oculus buddies will now be your followers, and your Meta Horizon Profile will automatically follow them.
In order to give you more control over who you engage with in VR, Meta has also implemented privacy controls. Open to Everyone, Friends and Family, and Solo are the three privacy selections available on the new menu.
Similar to Instagram, users will be able to set their Meta Horizon profiles to private, which prevents random individuals from following them without first sending a follow request and having it accepted.
As stated by Meta, the default setting for Meta Horizon profiles for users between the ages of 13 and 17 is private.