Oculus Accidentally Hid Creepy Messages In Thousands Of VR Controllers

Facebook accidentally included secret messages inside its Oculus Touch controllers

Facebook accidentally included secret messages inside its Oculus Touch controllers

Oculus cofounder Nate Mitchell, whose company is of course owned by Facebook, acknowledged on Twitter Friday that weird secret messages were "accidentally" hidden in "tens of thousands" of the virtual reality controllers.

Heads up, early buyers of the Oculus Quest or Rift S headset: there will be a hidden message or two embedded on the included motion controllers. Other devices apparently shipped with "Big Brother Is Watching", but according to Mitchell only developer kits have that joke inscribed in them.

"While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed", he added. "The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we've fixed our process so this won't happen again", Mitchell wrote. 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.

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.

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"T$3 hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets".

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. These messages are only printed on components inside the controllers, so users won't see them unless they decide to crack open the hardware.

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. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop. "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error", she added.

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