Oculus Accidentally Hid Creepy Messages In Thousands Of VR Controllers

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

In a series of tweets Nate Mitchell, head of VR for Facebook, said the firm had mistakenly included the secret "easter egg" messages on the soon-to-be-released Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest controllers. Messages like: "Big Brother is Watching" and "This Space for Rent.' As if that wasn't bad enough, it seems that while none of the devices containing the hidden messages have landed in customers" hands yet, they will be as it's apparently too late to stop their shipment. Some messages were also included in developer kits for people building software for the product, while others made their way into consumer devices meant for commercial distribution.

Facebook is set to launch two new VR products - the $399 standalone Oculus VR system and the $399 PC-tethered Oculus Rift S.

These labels made it onto the internal hardware of the Oculus Touch VR controllers, with final production hardware saying "This Space For Rent" and "The Masons Were Here".

Other unusual messages include "Hi iFixit!"

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Tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers are delivering a little bit more than virtual reality.

"T$3 hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets". Mitchell acknowledged that these messages were "inappropriate and should have been removed". He also said that Oculus has fixed the production process to make sure this doesn't happen again. "The messages were meant as easter eggs for prototypes only and should have been removed pre-production", a Facebook spokesperson wrote to ABC News in an email.

Peace added: "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error". Anyhow, Nate did apologize for this accident, however, there is no calling back since Facebook wouldn't recall these products as they won't hinder with the integrity of the hardware anyhow.

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

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