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

Yolanda Curtis
April 14, 2019

Sometimes, hardware vendors get in on the action, which is what's come to light this week as Facebook's Head of VR Product, Nate Mitchell, has confirmed that thousands of new Oculus Touch controllers have been made with Easter eggs of their own. The messages on the final production hardware, which will actually be hidden inside the controllers, also include "The Masons Were Here, ' while some developer kits limited to non-consumer units shipped with messages like 'Hi iFixit!" Silly phrases like "This Space For Rent" have been printed inside "tens of thousands" of the new Touch controllers, a joke that was only meant for prototype models. In his three-tweet thread, Mitchell details the nature of the Easter eggs, and the intent behind them.

Mitchell confirmed that while these labels were included, the "integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and [they] fixed [the] process so this won't happen again".

For a company whose name has become synonymous with Big Brother, letting these messages slip through their quality control process probably doesn't help its image-but I'm sure most of us can't help but smile at the irony. Other messages included "This Space For Rent" and 'Hi iFixit!

Facebook has accidentally printed several weird phrases onto its touch controllers that are a part of the company's Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S VR headsets.

The messages are emblazoned on the "flex" portion of the Touch controllers, Business Insider reported. Still, the fact that Facebook, of all companies, is having to publicly apologize for shipping a product with secret messages like the one touting Big Brother - I mean, Facebook itself is already seen in the minds of some people as an all-seeing Big Brother, with a ravenous appetite for all of the data on users that it can possibly hoover up.

Even still, Facebook representative Johanna Peace said affected units would not be recalled once they're shipped, which makes plenty of sense seeing as those messages won't affect how the product performs at all.

According to Nate, most of the jokes took a jab at privacy which is ironic since Oculus's patent company Facebook is not good when it comes to privacy.

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