Oculus, the VR headset owned by Facebook, has been in some of a controversy, having discovered some odd hidden messages in new Oculus Touch controls.
The messages are quite heavy in the cheek – although it is probably too close to the leg for some – and is present on production hardware, since they were only intended for prototypes. The head of the VR product on Facebook and Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell took on Twitter to explain what happened here.
The end-of-production hardware messages say "This Space For Rent" & "The Masons Were Here." "A few dev kits come with" BrotherBig Brother Watching "and" Hi iFixit! We see you! "But they were limited to non-consumer units. [2/3] pic.twitter.com/po1qyQ10UmApril 12, 2019
Mitchell further clarified:" While I appreciate Easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed. The integrity and functionality of the hardware was not damaged and we have established our process so it will not happen again. "
The messages are printed on the cables within the actual controls, so you would not know they were there unless you actually open your controller (not something most will do, of course).
some of the Twitter people are far from dissatisfied with this development and actually want to get hold of one of the "limited edition" controllers (which obviously will be removed these messages, according to Mitchell's statement).
There are actually some people suggesting this could be a kind of publicity stunt to increase the profile of Oculus before the soon-to-be launched Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S.
However, it seems rather unlikely considering "Big Brother watching" and "The Masons Were Here" (probably a reference to the Masons) Mass is given, which has predictably provoked much controversy with other online comments that do not see the funny side n, especially considering Facebook's latest record of user data, in one way or another.
Please note that Big Brother and iFixit messages were only presented on a very limited number of developer packages, according to Mitchell, and not on touchscreens intended for retail.
Regardless of whether the messages triggered by private rights activists or conspiracy theorists, the other potential problem here is the idea that those who make the control units "argue about" with production hardware, which no doubt seems to be too professional in some circles. Mitchell is therefore careful to emphasize that the units' "integrity and functionality" are not unaffected.
To say that the other side of the coin is argued by many is that some letters on a cable will not make any difference, and we should all have
It's just that some people have difficulty laughing when it comes to everything related to Facebook and data, of course …