President Trump can not use an Oculus Quest to play VR games anymore.
Following the events at the Capitol yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to ban the president from Facebook indefinitely. In a statement, Zuckerberg wrote, “The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.” He went on to write, “We are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
With his Facebook account banned, Trump will not have access to any of the services provided by the Oculus platform. Any games he would have purchased on the Quest 2 are now inaccessible, and his VR headset would be completely locked down.
When the Oculus Quest 2 launched last year, Facebook changed the terms of service such that a Facebook account in good standing is required to use the device. If you are unable to log into Facebook, as is the case with the president currently, then you also cannot log into the Oculus Quest. In the event that his Facebook account was to be permanently banned, then his entire Oculus Quest game library would also be permanently deleted. The president cannot simply make a new Facebook account either. The Oculus ToS forbids the use of “dummy” Facebook accounts and will routinely require identity verification before it will activate a fresh Facebook account.
This means that the President won’t be able to play Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge, the newest Star Wars VR title from ILMxLAB. The action-adventure title takes place on the planet Batuu, the same setting as the Disneyland Park extension also known as Galaxy’s Edge. The cinematic space adventure is a virtual love letter to Star Wars fans, but unfortunately without an active Facebook account, the President will not be able to play it.
He also will not have access to the Quest exclusive Jurassic World Aftermath. The VR stealth game sees a small team of scientists return to Isla Nublar after the events of Jurassic World. It’s possible that Donald Trump played Jurassic World Aftermath before his Facebook account was banned, but if he did, he would have discovered a cliffhanger ending. The final chapter of Aftermath will be released as DLC in 2021, but unless the president’s Facebook account is reinstated, he won’t be able to see how the story ends.
Of course, The Oculus Quest isn’t the only VR headset. President Trump can still play popular VR titles like Half-Life:Alyx, Beat Saber, and Tetris Effect using an HTC Vive or Valve Index. The library of Oculus-exclusive titles is growing, so if the president wants to experience upcoming VR titles like The Climb 2, Sniper Elite VR, or the first World of Darkness VR game Wraith: The Oblivion VR, he’ll need his Facebook account reinstated by Mark Zuckerberg.
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Eric Switzer is the Livestream News Editor for TheGamer as well as the lead for VR and Tech. He has written about comics and film for Bloody Disgusting and VFXwire. He is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia and Vancouver Film School. Eric loves board games, fan conventions, new technology, and his sweet sweet kitties Bruce and Babs. Favorite games include Destiny 2, Kingdom Hearts, Super Metroid, and Prey…but mostly Prey. His favorite Pokémon is Umbreon.
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