Meta, formerly known as Facebook, now includes Meta accounts and Meta Horizon Profiles. The global deployment will be gradual, but both “accounts” will replace the Facebook and Instagram logins that were previously required to access the company’s virtual reality (VR) system.
To log in and utilize the metaverse, users of Meta’s VR devices, both new and old, will need to sign up for a Meta account. Because of privacy concerns over personal social network accounts, the corporation is discontinuing the previous method of signing in.
However, the business claims that you may still create a Meta account using a Facebook or Instagram account. If a user creates a Meta account with their social network accounts, they will be linked in the Accounts Center, which serves as the center for all connected Meta experiences.
Despite the company’s preference for consumers to use Meta accounts, Oculus logins will be maintained until January 1, 2023.
According to the firm, when customers relocate, they would continue to have access to all of your prior VR purchases and downloads.” There is no need to connect Meta-run social network accounts, although the firm allows you to do so. According to the firm, the connection will enhance metaverse experiences such as sharing live streams, sending messages, and locating followers more quickly.
To even begin creating a Meta account, you must have the most recent version of the Oculus application as well as the software for your VR headset.
In addition to the Meta account, the “Meta Horizon Profile” will take the place of the Oculus account. The profile will serve as the metaverse’s social media platform and will house all avatar-based material. The firm will now refer to “Friends” in the Metaverse as “Followers,” making the Horizon World platform seem similar to Instagram.
Because the internet’s largest firm values privacy, Meta accounts will provide users three options: “Open to Everyone,” “Friends and Family,” and “Solo.” Each of these choices has a distinct impact on who may connect to and see a person’s account. If a user ignores the privacy settings, the “Friends and Family” option is utilized by default. Users will also be able to keep their Horizon profile private, forcing them to accept follower requests.
Accounts for persons aged 13 to 17 are set to private by default. Accounts are now just tied to VR logins, but Meta may add additional functionality in the future.