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Facebook will release the Oculus Go: users will have full root access to continue using them even if they are no longer supported

Typically, when a technology company announces the end of support for one of its products, the days are numbered. First, it means no more development of new updates, second, it means security updates only for a specific time. This is what happened to virtual reality glasses Oculus Go from Facebook, although now that is going to change.

The Oculus Go They were announced in 2017 and were the company’s first wireless cables, allowing for greater mobility and independence. However, three years later in 2020 they were discontinued. Facebook announced that it would focus on Oculus Quest and that Go would only receive security updates until 2022.

But there is good news, John Carmack, a consultant at Oculus, has announced that the glasses will be released. This means offering a version of the firmware that allows the user to have access root to device. That is, total independence from Facebook to update and modify virtual reality glasses. The Oculus Go suddenly has a new life.

Access to root It will come via a side software update that can be installed on the VR glasses.. Developers will be able to modify and then release updates on their own to modify and enhance Oculus Go’s capabilities, regardless of the limits Facebook may have imposed so far or whether the company has decided not to offer further support in the future.

For now it is something Facebook is going to do only with Oculus Go, according to John Carmack. Those yes, I hope it is a precedent so that other devices also have this ending. When it arrives, it will probably do so on the official Oculus Go website, although for now neither Facebook nor Oculus have commented on it.

John Carmack and root access for users

John Carmack also indicated that it is something that he has long fought to make happen at the Oculus. As it well indicates, this could set a precedent for the launch of future obsolete products and with full access for users.

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Decades ago, John Carmack was the developer of legendary video games like ‘Doom’ and ‘Quake’. The truth is has always been in favor of offering power to users and it’s something we’ve seen for a long time. One of the most remarkable things was the release of the source code for ‘Doom’, which has allowed the legend of the video game to not seem to grow over the years because of how fans have installed Doom on all kinds of devices, from oscilloscopes to pregnancies tests.

Via | PCMag

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