Facebook's latest mishap involves freakish messages printed on Oculus controllers

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 14, 2019

"We see you" labels cited by Mitchell appear to have been isolated to dev kits - early versions of hardware shipped to developers interested in working with Oculus Touch - while the "This Space for Rent" and "The Masons Were Here" can supposedly be found inside "tens of thousand" retail Oculus Touch controllers.

These messages were intended only for prototypes, but a mistake meant they were included in regular production devices, he said.

Oculus also recently announced its next-gen VR headset called the Oculus Rift S.

Sometimes, hardware vendors get in on the action, which is what's come to light this week as Facebook's Head of VR Product, Nate Mitchell, has confirmed that thousands of new Oculus Touch controllers have been made with Easter eggs of their own. Mitchell apologized for the Easter Eggs inside the hardware and says the fact that they made it into production hardware is "inappropriate".

Other phrases include "Hi iFixit!"

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While the vast majority of Oculus owners will never take apart their controllers and find the messages, news of the hidden content will nearly certainly raise eyebrows given Facebook's already tarnished public image. "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.

Crack open one of these controllers and in the device's guts you might find a message like "The Masons were here" inscribed on a cable. 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. "That said, as mentioned in Nate's tweet, the messages will be inside tens of thousands of controller pairs that will ship to consumers when Quest and Rift S ship".

The messages can be found on the "flex", an internal component of the controllers.

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.

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