Hackers Have Reportedly Bypassed Facebook Login on the Oculus Quest 2

Hackers Have Reportedly Bypassed Facebook Login on the Oculus Quest 2

After a few controversies regarding Facebook integration on the Oculus Quest 2, some researchers have claimed they have gained root access to the headset.

Ever since it was first released, the Oculus Quest 2 has been riddled with controversies. First, it was the mandatory Facebook integration, then it was Facebook having the power to brick Quest 2 owner’s headsets if it deems their account fake even if it is not, essentially making a shiny new $300 piece of tech a paperweight. With that said, hackers have been able to jailbreak the Oculus Quest 2 so that a Facebook login is not needed.

XR (Extended Reality) Safety Initiative, a non-profit, said that it was able to confirm root access to the newly released headset. This was first claimed on Reddit over a week ago.

Founder of XRSI Kavya Pearlman published a post on ReadyHackerOne.com, stating that a researcher from its community bypassed the Facebook login and one of its own researchers was able to validate the jailbreak.

Pearlman has stated that XRSI was “currently working to gather assurances to protect the individuals who discovered these methods of jailbreak.” Facebook will probably not be too happy about this and will likely try to put a stop to this before it is able to go public or threaten XRSI with some type of legal action.

The Quest 2 is a fantastic VR headset and I believe it to be the best entry point in VR. The only issue is that Facebook has been shoehorning in its own sleazy social media integration and will require a Facebook account to login to all Oculus headsets by the year 2023. While you might miss out on some great VR experiences, I would totally understand steering clear of the headset.

The Oculus Quest 2 is currently available in two separate models. The 64GB version retails for $299 while the 256 GB version retails for $399. If you are a little skeptical about picking up the headset, check out DualShockers’ review right here.