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Facebook ships VR controllers with hidden messages

15 April 2019

Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR hardware company, is gearing up to release a pair of new headsets in the coming weeks: the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. But during the manufacturing process it seems some unintended Easter eggs were added to the motion controllers that will ship with the devices, the company has revealed. The messages on the final production hardware, which will actually be hidden inside the controllers, also include "The Masons Were Here, ' while some developer kits limited to non-consumer units shipped with messages like 'Hi iFixit!"

According to Nate Mitchell, Head of VR product at Facebook, the so-called "easter eggs" were intended only for prototype devices but instead found their way into consumer models.

"While I appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed", Mitchell said. "The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we've fixed our process so this won't happen again", Mitchell said.

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.

Built on the Rift platform, the new VR headset combines the built-in Oculus Insight tracking technology with the power of PC.

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These "easter eggs" were only meant to be on prototypes for the company's upcoming Quest and Rift S controllers, yet somehow found their way into consumer devices.

Facebook said it accidentally hid freaky and "inappropriate" messages inside "tens of thousands" of virtual-reality controllers, including "Big Brother is Watching" and "The Masons Were Here". "We see you!" was also included.

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

The Facebook representative, Johanna Peace, told Business Insider that while none of the affected consumer devices had been shipped yet, they would ultimately go out with the hidden messages. Business Insider previously reported that the company restructured its AR-glasses division late previous year as it inches closer to launching a commercial product.

Facebook ships VR controllers with hidden messages