During the recent Facebook Connect event and the company’s announcement of the company’s change from Facebook to Meta, Andrew Bosworth (Vice President of Facebook’s Reality Lab-Facebook’s AR and VR Department) revealed in a Facebook post that many products and The services provided by the department will follow suit. Therefore, the Oculus Quest VR headset will soon be called Quest, and the company’s other VR hardware and software are also facing the same fate as the Oculus brand being deleted.
Andrew wrote: “We are simplifying our brand architecture and moving away from the Oculus brand on our hardware. From early 2022, over time, you will start to see Oculus Quest from Facebook to Meta Quest and Oculus to The transformation of Meta Quest applications.”
The Oculus brand is also being removed from the various social experiences generated by company employees. Andrew explained in detail in his post: “We will also expand Meta Horizonn as a brand to cover all our first-party immersive social experiences. You have already seen it in Horizon Workrooms and Horizon Worlds At this point. Soon you will see us move from Oculus to Horizon Home, Horizon Venues, Horizon Friends and Horizon Profile.”
According to Andrew, the name of Facebook Reality labs has also been changed to Reality Labs to “better establish connections so that our organization is building technologies that can realize the future meta-universe.” This change of the same name as Mark Zuckerberg’s social media platform seems to indicate a company-wide fee for the Meta Festival project displayed during Facebook Connect.
One of Andrew’s latest announcements in the post puts forward the subject of the Facebook account and their requirements for access to Quest hardware. He wrote that the Reality Labs team is “researching new ways to log in to Quest without a Facebook account, and log in sometime next year,” and emphasized that this is one of the team’s highest priorities. In the past, Mark Zuckerberg has stated that his goal is to allow 1 billion people to participate in VR, and removing account barriers will help achieve this noble goal.
Just earlier this month, Facebook whistleblowers accused the company of seriously misleading investors and the public on security issues, and deliberately allowed political misinformation. Although Mark personally solved privacy and security issues during Facebook Connect and said that they will appear in the meta universe from day one, many people are still skeptical.