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Oculus Quest 2 Facebook link gets deeper with 'Hey Facebook' voice commands

The Oculus Quest 2 headset
(Image credit: Oculus / Facebook)

The Oculus Quest 2 is getting expanded voice command functionality with a new wake phrase: ‘Hey Facebook’. The same feature is also being released to Portal devices, with plans to have it rolled out to older Quest devices in the future.

According to an Oculus blog post,  the new ‘Hey Facebook’ phrase can be used to preface commands like ‘open Supernatural’ or ‘take a screenshot’ much like how saying ‘Hey Alexa’ activates your Amazon Echo.

This new opt-in feature won’t be available right away on every device - and could take about a week to get to everyone - nor will it be replacing the current methods of turning on voice commands - such as double-tapping the controller button. However, it won’t alleviate any fan concerns about increased Oculus and Facebook integration.

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Oculus already sparked annoyance from fans after it was revealed that if your Facebook account and Oculus profile are linked, deleting your Facebook takes away all of your Oculus purchases and progress. 

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While these voice commands aren’t on the same scale, they will act as a constant reminder to users that Facebook is - and likely always will be - an integral part of Oculus devices.

If you want to stave off this latest feature as long as possible you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. ‘Hey Facebook’ voice commands are currently an optional feature and if your mic or headset is turned off, there’s no way it can listen to you even if it wanted.

Hamish Hector

Hamish is a Staff Writer for TechRadar, having previously written for the site and Gfinity Esports as a freelance writer. He has been writing about tech and gaming for multiple years, and now lends his experience to cover news and reviews across everything on TechRadar (from Computing to Audio to Gaming and the rest). In his free time, you’ll likely find Hamish humming show tunes while building Lego or playing D&D with his mates.