Facebook drops Oculus name as part of Meta rebrand

So long, Oculus.


Facebook officially renamed itself to Meta on Thursday during its virtual reality-focused Connect conference. As it begins its transition to the new corporate name, the company will get rid of the Oculus brand that started its move into virtual reality.

The Oculus brand, including the Oculus Quest VR headset and Oculus app, will be rebranded to Meta Quest and Meta Quest app in early 2022 according to a Facebook post from Andrew Bosworth, the company’s next CTO. Other Oculus names will also be changed such as Oculus Home to Horizon Home, Oculus Venues to Horizon Venues, Oculus Friends to Horizon Friend and Oculus Profile to Horizon Profile. 

“We all have a strong attachment to the Oculus brand, and this was a very difficult decision to make,” Bosworth said in the post. “While we’re retiring the name, I can assure you that the original Oculus vision remains deeply embedded in how Meta will continue to drive mass adoption for VR today.”

Facebook purchased Oculus in 2014 for $2 billion. The virtual technology company made a big splash with its first VR headset, the Rift, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. 

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