Facebook Accidentally Leaves Hidden Messages in 'Tens of 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'

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However, these inscriptions somehow made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of consumer Touch controllers.

They haven't been shipped yet, but watch out for hidden messages like "The Masons Were Here" on the Oculus Touch controllers bundled with the Rift S or Quest headsets. The company's CEO Nate Mitchell acknowledged the mistake on Twitter. [3/3] - Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019 To be clear, most Oculus users who have a device that includes any of these hidden messages will never actually see them.

Facebook accidentally shipped "tens of thousands" of virtual reality (VR) controllers with weird hidden messages, including "Big Brother is Watching" and "The Masons Were Here". The latter two messages were only in the prototypes shipped to developers. One of the messages directs towards iFixit which is a known brand in deconstructing new gadgets while others are a reference to advertising in case of the message "This Space is for Rent" or a hint towards god in the message that reads "Big Brother is Watching", etc. We See You!' as well as the message about 'Big Brother.' While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed.

'The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we've fixed our process so this won't happen again, ' he added.

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According to a report from Business Insider, the affected Touch controllers are meant to ship with the upcoming Rift S and Oculus Quest headsets, and are not yet available.

"We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error", said Peace. Since the messages are inside on the hardware, you won't see them when using the controllers.

This issue appears to be limited to the revised version of the Touch motion controllers, which are set to be released alongside the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset. Business Insider previously reported that the company restructured its AR-glasses division late past year as it inches closer to launching a commercial product.

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