Facebook stops the sale of Oculus Rift and Quest virtual reality headsets in Germany

Facebook has stopped sales of Oculus Rift and Quest virtual reality (VR) headsets to German customers in Germany.

“We will continue supporting users who already own an Oculus device and we’re looking forward to resuming sales in Germany soon,” it added.

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It comes as the German data regulator criticizes the decision to require Oculus users to move to Facebook logins for their headsets by 2023.

Facebook acquired Virtual reality start-up Oculus six years ago. The annual Oculus conference, now called Facebook Connect, is supposed to be held in an online-only format on 16 September.

Last month, Oculus unveiled:

  • from next month, new users can log in to their devices from a Facebook account only
  • existing users will have the option to merge their Oculus and Facebook accounts – but they too will need to log in from a Facebook account from 1 January 2023.

The headsets will still work for users who select not to log in at all, however.

But one game reviewer left a message on the company’s website, saying they would buy no more software for their Quest headset.

“I no longer trust Oculus,” they wrote.

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