The minimal age for Quest 2 will likely be decreased later this yr, and it’ll additionally apply to Quest 3.
At present Meta’s phrases state its headsets “should not be utilized by kids underneath 13”. Later this yr, that minimal age will cut back to 10 for Quest 2 & 3.
Meta says Quest accounts for youngsters aged 10, 11, or 12 must be arrange and managed by a mother or father by way of a selected new interface.
The mother or father will be capable of management which apps these preteen accounts can and might’t entry, in addition to set closing dates for headset utilization, and preteen accounts will solely be advisable titles rated for his or her age by the ESRB and IARC.
When the kid turns 13 their account will develop into a teen account, managed by the kid however nonetheless having Meta’s present parental controls.
Preteen accounts could have their social profile set to personal by default, Meta says, so the kid or mother or father must approve any new followers.
Meta notes that its personal Horizon Worlds social VR platform will stay 13+, unavailable to preteens.
Meta could also be getting ready to market Quest 3 in direction of a youthful age group than it did with earlier Quests, hoping to be a vacation present of alternative for thousands and thousands of kids later this yr. Whereas the headset’s $500 worth is a steep rise over Quest 2, its slimmer design ought to make it extra appropriate for youngsters’s smaller heads, and built-in parental controls might be what’s wanted to persuade some mother and father beforehand holding out due to safeguarding issues.
Details about what occurs when the kid turns 13 was added to this text shortly after publication.