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

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You might notice something weird if you ordered controllers with your Oculus VR headset. T3 Magazine Getty Images

Some of the controllers have a message that reads "Big Brother is Watching", but Mitchell says that only dev kits have that joke inside. "Thus, you'd have to take apart the controller to see either of the messages that will be on consumer controllers ('This Space for Rent" and "The Masons were Here')".

It comes as Facebook attempts to push VR into the mainstream and gears up to launch its long-awaited Oculus Quest, an all-in-one VR headset, in the coming months. "Unfortunately, some "easter egg" labels meant for prototypes accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers", the tech executive wrote. The latter two messages were only in the prototypes shipped to developers.

Tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers are delivering a little bit more than virtual reality.

However, it seems Oculus noticed the easter eggs had been incorporated into the consumer hardware before it could remove them. Mitchell acknowledged that these messages were "inappropriate and should have been removed".

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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". "That said, as mentioned in Nate's tweet, the messages will be inside tens of thousands of controller pairs that will ship to consumers when Quest and Rift S ship".

"T$3 hese messages were inside our Touch controllers for the upcoming [Oculus] Quest and Rift S headsets". These messages are only printed on components inside the controllers, so users won't see them unless they decide to crack open the hardware.

To some, jokes like "Big Brother is watching" are in poor taste considering the public relations woes of Oculus parent company, Facebook.

Even still, Facebook representative Johanna Peace said affected units would not be recalled once they're shipped, which makes plenty of sense seeing as those messages won't affect how the product performs at all.

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