Facebook Accidentally Hid Phrases Like ‘Big Brother Is Watching’ in Oculus Touch VR Controllers
“Hi iFixit! We See You!”
By Adam Bankhurst
Facebook accidentally added some “easter egg” labels on tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers, including such phrases as “Big Brother is Watching” and “This Space For Rent.” Nate Mitchell, co-founder of Oculus and head of VR product at Facebook, took to Twitter to explain this issue and said that while he does “appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed.” These labels made it onto the internal hardware of the Oculus Touch VR controllers, with final production hardware saying “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here.” Some dev kits were sent out, which were non-consumer units, and included the phrases “Big Brother is Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!” Mitchell confirmed that while these labels were included, the “integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and [they] fixed [the] process so this won’t happen again.” The Oculus Touch controllers were first released back in 2016, and in our review, we said that “the Touch controllers are the best VR controllers available, and must-have accessories for the Oculus Rift.” 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.
Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who would hide the phrase “I Can’t Wait to Play Vader Immortal” on these controllers. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.