Facebook ships Oculus Touch controllers with labels like 'Big Brother is Watching'

Facebook accidentally shipped 'tens of thousands' of VR controllers with hidden messages like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here'

Facebook accidentally shipped 'tens of thousands' of VR controllers with hidden messages like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here'

"Unfortunately, some "easter egg" labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers, ' Mitchell tweeted".

Among the "easter eggs" were choice phrases like "Big Brother is Watching, ' 'The Masons Were Here, ' 'This Space for Rent" and 'Hi iFixit! Mitchell confirmed via Twitter that this was meant to be a joke included only in the prototypes.

According to the series of tweets posted on Twitter, Nate explained how these creepy easter eggs message labels meant for internal prototype use actually found its way towards tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers that were shipped although now haven't sold yet.

Other odd messages include "Hi iFixit!" 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.

Mitchell added: "While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed". However, the integrity or functionality of hardware was not compromised. Supposedly, these won't appear in any consumer devices.

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.

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.

'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.

Facebook is also quietly developing augmented-reality technology. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.

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