Nate Mitchell, the cofounder of Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR company, said on Twitter on Friday that the company inadvertently printed some unusual messages in its Touch controllers, handheld devices for playing games and navigating VR environments. Other devices apparently shipped with "Big Brother Is Watching", but according to Mitchell only developer kits have that joke inscribed in them. "Thus, you'd have to take apart the controller to see either of the messages that will be on consumer controllers ('This Space for Rent" and "The Masons were Here')".
Facebook is set to launch two new VR products - the $399 standalone Oculus VR system and the $399 PC-tethered Oculus Rift S. Mitchell acknowledged that these messages were "inappropriate and should have been removed".
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What just happened? In what was meant to be a little joke between Oculus and their Dev community, Oculus Touch controllers were built with hidden messages inside their casings such as, "The Masons Were Here".
However, it seems Oculus noticed the easter eggs had been incorporated into the consumer hardware before it could remove them.
Facebook has no plans to recall any of the affected items, as the integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, as Mitchell also mentioned in his tweet.More news: Dutch fertility doctor used own sperm to father at least 49 children
'To be clear, no devices have been sold with these messages yet, since Quest and Rift S have not yet shipped, ' Johanna Peace, an Oculus representative, told Business Insider. Still, the fact that Facebook, of all companies, is having to publicly apologize for shipping a product with secret messages like the one touting Big Brother - I mean, Facebook itself is already seen in the minds of some people as an all-seeing Big Brother, with a ravenous appetite for all of the data on users that it can possibly hoover up.
Sure, maybe it's all in good fun, but it could only be amusing if the company making the joke actually took privacy seriously.More news: It is official! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie single again