But there’s one factor that could potentially offset that price — Facebook has access to a whole lot of your data. This is something the Oculus Quest 2 is upfront about: You absolutely need a Facebook account in order to use the device and it does have its data collection policies in black and white. Although what isn’t quite so obvious is how much your data is worth to Facebook. At least it isn’t without a tiny bit of digging.
There is another version of the Quest 2 that isn’t as discounted as the consumer version, and that’s the one aimed at businesses. The actual hardware is identical, but the difference is you don’t need to login in with a Facebook account in order to use it. The price for this model? $799. There’s also an annual fee of $180 that kicks in a year after purchase, which covers Oculus’ business services and support, but that just muddies the waters a little. The point being, the Quest 2 for business, the headset from which Facebook can’t access your data directly, costs $500 more. So that’s looking essentially like the value the social media giant attributes to your data, which either seems like a lot or barely anything at all, depending on your stance. The Supplemental Oculus Data Policy outlines what sort of data is actually being collected when you use the Quest 2. Such things as your physical dimension, including your hand size, how big your play area is using the Oculus Guardian system, data on any content you create using the Quest 2, as well as more obvious stuff like your device ID and IP address.
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