Oculus Accidentally Hid Creepy Messages In Thousands Of VR Controllers

Donna Miller
April 14, 2019

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. Some of the controllers have a message that reads "Big Brother is Watching", but Mitchell says that only dev kits have that joke inside. The messages, which Facebook definitely did not intend the public to see, include breezy references to it being an all-knowing surveillance entity watching your every move.

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. Originally meant for internal prototype use only, Oculus accidentally inscribed these messages onto the controllers which have shipped in tens of thousands of products that will hit up for sales in a few days. "We See You!", "This Space for Rent", and others that were inscribed in the internal hardware of Oculus Touch controllers.

"While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed", Mitchell said. The messages were only supposed to be included in prototypes of the machines.

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Facebook has accidentally printed several freakish phrases onto its touch controllers that are a part of the company's Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S VR headsets. By the time Oculus discovered the messages, it was too late, as they had already been printed into consumer hardware meant for the market.

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.

'To be clear, no devices have been sold with these messages yet, since Quest and Rift S have not yet shipped, ' Johanna Peace, an Oculus representative, told Business Insider. 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.

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