Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

Facebook hid creepy messages inside its VR controllers

Oculus Touch Facebook accidentally shipped 'tens of thousands' of VR controllers with hidden messages like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here'
Cecil Davis | 14 April, 2019, 22:25

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. "We see you" labels cited by Mitchell appear to have been isolated to dev kits - early versions of hardware shipped to developers interested in working with Oculus Touch - while the "This Space for Rent" and "The Masons Were Here" can supposedly be found inside "tens of thousand" retail Oculus Touch controllers.

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These "easter eggs" were only meant to be on prototypes for the company's upcoming Quest and Rift S controllers, yet somehow found their way into consumer devices.

"While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed", he added. He also said that Oculus has fixed the production process to make sure this doesn't happen again. The company's CEO Nate Mitchell acknowledged the mistake on Twitter.

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The Facebook representative, Johanna Peace, told Business Insider that while none of the affected consumer devices had been shipped yet, they would ultimately go out with the hidden messages.

Hidden inside the Touch controllers are messages like, "This Space For Rent", and "The Masons Were Here".

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. The controllers haven't yet made it to customers, as they are for the new Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets. 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. "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error".