(Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc is modifying how customers log onto its virtual reality headsets, backtracking on an earlier change to require accounts from the corporate’s flagship Facebook app on the units whereas preserving hyperlinks to social connections there.
The firm will roll out its new “Meta accounts” beginning in August, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg mentioned in a Facebook put up on Thursday.
The social media big introduced plans to take away the Facebook login requirement final 12 months, after a backlash from customers who had beforehand accessed the headsets utilizing separate accounts from Oculus, the virtual reality firm that Meta, then often called Facebook, acquired in 2014.
With the new login construction, Meta accounts will management device-level entry and handle app purchases, whereas Meta Horizon profiles will characterize the customers’ social presence in virtual reality, with related consumer names and avatars, the corporate mentioned in a weblog put up.
People may even have the choice to attach their profiles in a unified Meta Accounts Center, which can combine current social connections from Facebook, Instagram or Messenger into their virtual reality experiences, it mentioned.
For accounts not added to the Accounts Center, the corporate will solely mix consumer information throughout apps for counting customers and imposing security guidelines, a spokesperson advised Reuters.
In a memo final week, product chief Chris Cox alluded to the change, which he known as Project Simile and mentioned would “energy continuity throughout the metaverse,” based on a replica of the put up considered by Reuters.
Meta has been pushing to combine accounts and different merchandise throughout its “household of apps,” which provides customers cross-app performance whereas enabling the corporate to consolidate information about their conduct in numerous environments.
The firm introduced plans to unify its messaging construction throughout apps in 2019 and later that 12 months rolled out a cost service, now referred to as Meta Pay, by way of which customers can course of transactions throughout Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
(Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Leslie Adler)