Jokes hidden inside Oculus Touch controllers are ‘inappropriate,’ according to co-founder

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The handheld devices from the Facebook-owned VR company are being shipped to consumers with hidden messages inside the controllers that say "The Masons Were Here" and "This Space For Rent", the company said. However, Mitchell says that these two messages only made their way onto developer kits, not the controllers meant for consumers.

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.

The easter eggs were supposedly meant to be on just the prototype controllers, but ended up making it onto 'tens of thousands of Touch controllers'.

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 hidden messages, placed onto hardware inside the controllers, included "Hi iFixit! We See You!" and "Big Brother Is Watching" inscribed internally, admitted Nate Mitchell, Facebook head of VR product. Mitchell acknowledged that these messages were "inappropriate and should have been removed".

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It looks like Oculus is having a pretty bad week as the company "accidentally" added privacy-focused jokes on the inside of the Touch controllers.

The easter egg messages are located on the "flex" portion of the Touch controllers, Business Insider reported. These messages are only printed on components inside the controllers, so users won't see them unless they decide to crack open the hardware.

'The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we've fixed our process so this won't happen again, ' he added.

"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, said.

Sure, maybe it's all in good fun, but it could only be amusing if the company making the joke actually took privacy seriously.

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