VR headsets haven’t taken off with the boom that many game developers and publishers expected. In fact, VR headsets have proven to be more popular with companies than consumers; for instance, Walmart grabbed 17,000 Oculus Go VR headsets for employee training. Oculus also recently announced its next-gen VR headset called the Oculus Rift S.
Oculus’ co-founder Nate Mitchell has said on Twitter that tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers shipped with bizarre Easter Egg messages hidden inside on internal hardware that are privacy related. Since the messages are inside on the hardware, you won’t see them when using the controllers.
The messages on final production hardware say “This Space For Rent” & “👁The Masons Were Here.👁” A few dev kits shipped with “👁Big Brother is Watching👁” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!👁” but those were limited to non-consumer units. [2/3] pic.twitter.com/po1qyQ10Um
— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019
One of the messages hidden on the hardware inside the controller reads “The Masons Were Here” on a cable. Some of the controllers have a message that reads “Big Brother is Watching,” but Mitchell says that only dev kits have that joke inside. The messages were meant only for prototype hardware but somehow made it to production hardware.
Other strange messages include “Hi iFixit! We See You,” and another Cable read “This Space for Rent.” Mitchell apologized for the Easter Eggs inside the hardware and says the fact that they made it into production hardware is “inappropriate.” The executive also notes that internal processes have changed to prevent anything similar from happening in the future.
There are no plans to recall the hardware due to the messages. Most gamers likely see the humor in the messages and don’t think its a big deal. The controllers with the hidden messages are meant to ship with the Rift S and Oculus Quest headsets.