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Some Oculus Touch VR Controllers Shipped With These Bizarre Hidden Messages

Some Oculus Touch VR Controllers Shipped With These Bizarre Hidden Messages”

"The messages on final production hardware say "This Space For Rent" & "The Masons Were Here.' A few dev kits shipped with 'Big Brother is Watching" and 'Hi iFixit!"

As for what's next for the Oculus Touch controllers, they will be a part of the fully standalone Oculus Quest this Spring, which will launch with the first episode of Vader Immortal, a Star Wars VR series that we recently got our hands on.

Nate Mitchell, cofounder of Oculus and head of the VR project at Facebook announced today that there were some accidental "easter eggs" placed in Oculus controllers that are set to ship out with upcoming Rift S and Quest systems.

Other hidden messages, placed onto hardware inside the controllers, included "Hi iFixit!"

It looks like Oculus is having a pretty bad week as the company "accidentally" added privacy-focused jokes on the inside of the Touch controllers. By the time Oculus discovered the messages, it was too late, as they had already been printed into consumer hardware meant for the market.

Crack open one of these controllers and in the device's guts you might find a message like "The Masons were here" inscribed on a cable.

The easter egg messages are located on the "flex" portion of the Touch controllers, Business Insider reported. Mitchell apologized for the Easter Eggs inside the hardware and says the fact that they made it into production hardware is "inappropriate".

Facebook has no plans to recall any of the affected items, as the integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, as Mitchell also mentioned in his tweet.

While most users of the Touch controller will never see the hidden messages, it's an awkward misstep for Facebook, which has faced sustained criticism on privacy issues for more than a decade.

To some, jokes like "Big Brother is watching" are in poor taste considering the public relations woes of Oculus parent company, Facebook.

'We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error, ' she added.



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