Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro Are Now Officially Available in Germany After 2-Year Absence
Both Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro are now officially sold in Germany.
Although German authorities never officially banned Meta from selling its hardware in the country, the company suspended its virtual reality headset sales in Germany ahead of Quest 2 headset release whose requirement for a Facebook account login would have run afoul of Germany’s tough privacy laws. The Facebook login requirement for the Quest 2 headset had prompted the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) to launch abuse proceedings and Meta likely suspended the Germany headset launch due to this.
In August this year, Meta finally did away with the Facebook account requirement following the launch of Meta accounts system. The head of German FCO said Meta had responded to the authorities’ concerns and provided a solution with the creation of a separate Meta account login for the Quest headset.
The FCO is, however, still continuing its investigations. The Office says it is also investigating the “question of the connection of the data processed within the framework of the various Meta services”, taking into account wider concerns over Meta’s data handling. The FCO says this until there is a clarification on this, Meta must in principle continue keeping the data generated when the headset is being used separately from other Meta services for users with a separate Meta account.
With its re-entry into the German market, Meta will be taking on the likes of Pico 4 which currently provides superior quality hardware at a lower price tag. However, the ByteDance headset doesn’t provide a rich content library like the Quest store and it also has poor-quality tracking.