Facebook's Oculus ships VR controllers with creepy, 'inappropriate' hidden messages

New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

Facebook accidentally shipped 'tens of thousands' of VR controllers with hidden messages like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here'

So, all those affected consumer devices will eventually ship, which means anyone buying a Touch controller might see one of those messages, if they feel like taking apart their controller.

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.

"Unfortunately, some "easter egg" labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers", Mitchell tweeted on Friday.

Oculus executive Nate Mitchell has confirmed that phrases such as "This Space For Rent", "The Masons Were Here", and "Big Brother Is Watching" had been printed on "tens of thousands" of Oculus Touch controllers. The latter two messages were only in the prototypes shipped to developers. We See You!' messages as well, but those were limited to non-consumer units according Mitchell.

Facebook shipped tens of thousands of controllers for its new Oculus headsets with "inappropriate easter eggs" making light of the company's privacy disasters. In his three-tweet thread, Mitchell details the nature of the Easter eggs, and the intent behind them.

The messages can be found on the "flex", an internal component of the controllers.

"To be clear, no devices have been sold with these messages yet, since Quest and Rift S have not yet shipped", Peace wrote in an email, referring to the company's other VR products. He assured that the integrity and functionality of the controllers themselves weren't compromised and that the company has tuned its process to avoid something like this from ever happening again. If you have one of the newer editions of the Oculus Touch, it might be worth checking to see if there is a message waiting for you.

While it's not a particularly critical issue, having "Big Brother Is Watching" engraved onto a Facebook-owned product is ironic considering the company's current battles on data privacy and surveillance.

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