This Oculus Quest 2 hack frees you from Fb, however at what price?
An Oculus Quest 2 tool called Oculess provides VR headset users with the ability to disconnect the device from their Facebook accounts, which is required to use the headset under normal circumstances.
As reported by UploadVR, Oculess essentially does what it says it does. It is a sideloaded program that will unlink your Facebook account so you can play games on the Quest 2 without being tied to the social network.
However, if you haven’t set up your Oculus Quest 2 device yet, you will still need to connect a Facebook account to complete the setup. Once that’s done, however, you can add side-loaded programs to your Quest 2 headset and immediately remove the account linking if you wish.
However, there are a few caveats to be aware of. Unlinking your Facebook account through Oculess will cause you to lose access to the Oculus store, as a Facebook account is required to log into the store. That means you won’t be able to download and play any Oculus-exclusive titles like the upcoming Resident Evil 4 VR.
Oculus TV and the Oculus browser will also stop working. However, if you don’t plan on watching TV or surfing the internet with your Quest 2 headset anyway, this is a small price to pay for freedom from Facebook.
Analysis: Forget the main story, let’s take a look at the SideQuest
While it may sound like using Oculess takes away many of the privileges that require connecting a Facebook account, it isn’t the end of the world. SideQuest, the sideloading app you’ll likely need to use Oculess in the first place, also allows you to download and use hundreds of third-party apps that can replace the preinstalled Quest 2 amenities.
For browsers, for example, Firefox Reality can be sideloaded to replace the default Oculus browser, and since it’s Firefox, it’s likely a lot better than what’s pre-installed in Quest 2.
Sideloading also gives you access to tons of experimental VR games and VR ports, like Half-Life VR, Quake 2 VR, and – oddly enough, Pokemon VR, too. While you will lose a lot of the conveniences by unlinking that Facebook account, sideloading apps through SideQuest can more than make up for it if you are ready to learn how to do it right.
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