Oculus "accidentally" puts privacy-focused jokes on thousands of Touch controllers

New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

Oculus' co-founder Nate Mitchell has said on Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers shipped with freaky Easter Egg messages hidden inside on internal hardware that are privacy related.

Nate Mitchell, the cofounder of Facebook-owned VR organisation Oculus, wrote on Twitter on Friday that the company inadvertently printed some unusual messages inside its Touch controllers, handheld devices for playing games and navigating inside VR. Some of the controllers have a message that reads "Big Brother is Watching", but Mitchell says that only dev kits have that joke inside. However, these inscriptions somehow made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of consumer Touch controllers. Mitchell acknowledged that these messages were "inappropriate and should have been removed". [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.

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.

Other hidden messages, placed onto hardware inside the controllers, included "Hi iFixit!"

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Facebook has accidentally printed several freakish phrases onto its touch controllers that are a part of the company's Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S VR headsets.

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

To some, jokes like "Big Brother is watching" are in poor taste considering the public relations woes of Oculus parent company, Facebook. "We think it's important to be transparent with our community and take responsibility when there's an error".

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