Fb’s newest mishap entails weird messages printed on Oculus controllers

Doris Richards
April 14, 2019

According to Nate Mitchell, Head of VR product at Facebook, the so-called "easter eggs" were intended only for prototype devices but instead found their way into consumer models.

Among the "easter eggs" were choice phrases like "Big Brother is Watching, ' 'The Masons Were Here, ' 'This Space for Rent" and 'Hi iFixit! 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.

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 messages were meant only for prototype hardware but somehow made it to production hardware.

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. By the time Oculus discovered the messages, it was too late, as they had already been printed into consumer hardware meant for the market.

"While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed", said Mitchell.


While there should have been no internal messages of any kind in any of the devices, a Facebook representative told Business Insider that the company would not recall them.

The messages can be found on the "flex", an internal component of the controllers. He also said that Oculus has fixed the production process to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error", said Peace. If you have one of the newer editions of the Oculus Touch, it might be worth checking to see if there is a message waiting for you.

Sure, maybe it's all in good fun, but it could only be amusing if the company making the joke actually took privacy seriously.

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