Facebook Disguised Quest 2 Dev Kit Shipments as Clothing Iron to Ward Off Curious Eyes
Although the Oculus Quest 2 leaks came well before the official announcement, Facebook still went the extra mile to try and hide the boxes from prying eyes when being shipped to developers by camouflaging them as ordinary household clothing iron:
With the developer non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) having expired, the CEO of InsiteVR Angel Say shared a photo of a Quest 2 dev kit shipment that arrived long before the actual consumer launch on October 13.
Since everyone is posting their #quest2 boxes here's a picture of the decoy box I received an early dev kit in. Smart way to prevent any leaks from happening while in transit.
And no, the Quest 2 does not do a good job removing wrinkles in your clothes 😂 pic.twitter.com/zhbs1vS1aq
— Angel Say (@sayangel) October 13, 2020
The headset comes packaged in a mock-up ordinary looking decoy box. Those intricately familiar with the company’s design language might still have gotten a hint. The decoy box features a photo of a clothing iron with two faucet handles, a phony ‘O’ logo along with the fake name ‘Sluco Armiarm’ which is an anagram for the headset’s codename ‘Oculus Miramar’. However, the decoy must have been mostly successful as we didn’t witness cases of couriers investigating the contents of these boxes and leaking out the details of the headset before the launch date.
It appears that Facebook also sent a plainer version of the box to some developers by just stamping their modified ‘O’ logo on the plain cardboard box, according to a recent tweet by the VR developer ‘RJ’.
However, one or two people that had an early access still went ahead and spilled the beans which result in the leaks in the days and weeks leading to the official announcement during the Facebook Connect, thereby stealing the thunder from Facebook’s highly anticipated announcement.
Leaked photos of the headset first surfaced in July and they gave us a glimpse of all that was there to see.