Oculus Accidentally Leaves Paranoid Messages in VR Controllers

first_imgStay on target British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Modern tech companies love to think that if they make enough cutesy jokes comparing themselves to Skynet or Tyrell or OCP or any other scary evil tech company from a movie, we won’t notice when they act like actual scary evil tech companies from movies. Any place with a motto like “Don’t be evil” couldn’t possibly be evil.It’s not like we’ve been holding out hope for VR company Oculus to be one of the good guys in tech. After all, they’re the ones who gave us actual fascist Palmer Luckey, and currently the company is an arm of Facebook, still underrated in how much real harm it did and is doing to the world. But looking at these “accidental” hidden paranoid messages in a batch of Oculus controllers makes us suspect even they know exactly how bad they are.Hidden “Easter eggs” messages appear in the motion controllers for the recent Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S headsets. Given how new these devices are (they aren’t even fully available yet) it seems the team forgot to remove the text before this initial launch after prototyping. At least, that’s the explanation Oculus executive Nate Mitchell gave for the “inappropriate” discovery.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, 2019So what kinds of messages are we talking about? Stuff like “Big Brother is Watching” or “The Masons Were here.” “Hi iFixit! We See You!” Nothing really that bad, but just kind of embarrassing and juvenile to leave in. And again “joking” about being spying on users isn’t that funny coming from a Facebook product you hold up to your eyeballs.Oculus won’t recall the controllers, so the apparently tens of thousands of controllers with the messages still in them are about to become collectors’ items. Maybe that’s the real conspiracy. For more on virtual reality read our review of the recent Nintendo Labo VR Kit and check out our impressions of upcoming impressive PlayStation VR games like Iron Man VR and No Man’s Sky VR.last_img read more