Meta Quest 2 and Pro: Federal Cartel Office allows sales in Germany
The Meta Quest 2 and Pro VR headsets are finally allowed to be sold in Germany. The Federal Cartel Office has re-examined the case and cleared sales in Germany through the spin-off due to the new Meta accounts.
Meta Quest 2 and Pro: Bundeskartellamt gives green light
The introduction of Meta Accounts in July 2022 overturns the sales ban for the Meta Quest 2 and Pro VR headsets. Due to a dispute with the antitrust office, the VR HMDs were not officially available in Germany because of the mandatory connection to Facebook, but usable both headsets – if purchased abroad – were still without problems.
Now the Federal Cartel Office has taken another look at the case due to the removal of the Facebook account requirement and, with reservations, has given the green light for sales in Germany.
“Until further notice, the Bundeskartellamt raises no objections to a sale of the Quest 2 and Quest Pro glasses from Meta Platforms, Inc. (Meta) in Germany as well,” reads the relevant case report, which is available online in PDF form.
Since Meta’s introduction of the new meta-accounts means that the data is no longer linked to that from other areas of the company (i.e., Facebook, for example), there is nothing standing in the way of a sales launch in Germany.
Parallel proceedings initiated, but sales secured
At least for the time being, because according to the Federal Cartel Office, the procedure has not yet been completed. For example, it still needs to be clarified whether cross-service data processing is permissible on the basis of consent or even without such consent for specific purposes, for example with regard to security.
The company intends to take a closer look at this issue as part of a parallel proceeding. Until then, nothing stands in the way of the sales launch of the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro in Germany.
The company Meta has already announced that at least the Quest 2 VR goggles will be available in Germany this year. The recently released Meta Quest Pro model is also planned for the German market, but it will probably not be available until 2023. However, concrete details about the sales launch are not yet available.
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