New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include freakish hidden messages

The handheld devices from the Facebook-owned VR company are being shipped to consumers with hidden messages inside the controllers that say "The Masons Were Here" and "This Space For Rent", the company said. We See You!"-a reference to a prominent hardware fix site".

The easter eggs were supposedly meant to be on just the prototype controllers, but ended up making it onto 'tens of thousands of Touch controllers'. In his three-tweet thread, Mitchell details the nature of the Easter eggs, and the intent behind them. He also said that Oculus has fixed the production process to make sure this doesn't happen again.

A Facebook spokesperson told the Verge that the easter eggs were hidden on the Touch controllers for the yet-to-be-released Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest, not the original Oculus Touch controllers that shipped in 2016. Some messages were included in developer kits for people building software for the product, while others made their way into consumer devices in significantly larger numbers.

The easter egg messages are located on the "flex" portion of the Touch controllers, Business Insider reported. Business Insider previously reported that the company restructured its AR-glasses division late previous year as it inches closer to launching a commercial product.


These inscriptions on Touch controllers were meant to be harmless and fun easter eggs for prototype versions of the Oculus Touch controllers. According to Mitchell, the specific products at issue are Touch controllers for the Quest and Rift S that haven't yet shipped, compared to the current Touch controllers that have already begun shipping with the Rift.

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

It's likely that the "Big Brother" message was most alarming for Facebook, as the social media company has been under heavy scrutiny lately for its practices of collecting personal data, not to mention its many privacy failures.

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