The Oculus Quest 2, released in September 2020, has exceeded in five months all sales of Oculus headsets combined so far. This observation explains Facebook’s desire not to renew the Rift range and to allocate more capacity to the development of autonomous headsets that have a greater commercial and use reach. Moreover, nearly 20% of Facebook employees work in the field of virtual or augmented reality. Facebook had already launched a 100% autonomous and inexpensive headset in 2019, the Oculus GO. But the features it offers were reduced. If the Quest 2 still runs on PC, it’s a safe bet that similar future models will be fully stand-alone.
Thanks to its computer-independent headsets, Facebook also intends to impose its own ecosystem on its users. It should still be remembered that a large part of the firm’s income comes from advertisers. Cannot connect to a Quest headset without connecting your Facebook account to it. Consequently, the social network will have access to personal data on your uses.