Nate Mitchell, co-founder of Oculus and head of Facebook's virtual reality product, revealed that a number of touch controllers for Quest and Rift S contain an unexpected hidden message, something that he qualifies as of "inappropriate".
Although Mitchell admits in a tweet that hidden messages have led to what he calls "tens of thousands" of internal development units, an unspecified number of production controllers are already about to switch to distribution, including "This Space For Rent "and" The Masons Was Here ".
Some units that convinced developers to read: "Big Brother is Watching" and "Hi iFixit!"
Mitchell explains in a follow-up tweet that even though he appreciates Easter eggs, the messages were "inappropriate and should have been deleted. Hardware integrity and functionality have not been compromised and we have fixed the process so that it does not happen again. "
Although we have not seen the courage of new touch controllers to confirm, the only picture of the message "This space to rent" seems to be a small ribbon cable, probably similar to that of the original touch controllers leading to the main PCB. Alternatively, it could be a rubber seal, even if nothing is said without a real glance inside the controllers.
Since Rift S and Quest come with the same touch controller, users who buy one or the other of these products may find a hidden message when they see it open. If the new touch controllers look like the latter, access to the internal elements could take what was needed. I fix it says in their original tear a battle against "a thick layer of adhesive".
As for the hidden messages, they all seem pretty harmless, though even jokingly, suggesting the possibility that Facebook is actively watching you every move like "Big Brother", or that it has something to do with the Franks – Masons, a group often cited for conspiracy theories, probably not a good look for the company.
Anyway, it seems like a product engineer had fun, and created a unique collector's item for anyone building their future museum of interesting technologies from the very beginning of consumer virtual reality. .