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Oculus acquires Xbox 360 controller design firm Carbon Design

Seattle-based hardware specialists now "a key component" behind the VR engineering group

Oculus, the company behind the Rift virtual reality headset, has acquired the former Xbox 360 controller design firm Carbon Design.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Oculus confirmed that it will finalize the acquisition "by the end of summer", but the terms of the deal went undisclosed.

Carbon Design is an industrial design and product engineering firm with several major consumer electronics devices on its resume, including the Xbox 360 controller and original Kinect sensor.


It acquisition by Oculus will make Carbon Design a "key component of the product engineering group" at Oculus. Carbon Design will remain at its Seattle office, working closely with Oculus R&D in nearby Redmond.

"A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time," commented Carbon Design creative director Peter Bristol in a prepared statement.

"From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever. This is an entirely open product category. With consumer VR at its inception, the physical architectures are still unknown - We're on the cutting edge of defining how virtual reality looks, feels, and functions."

Oculus was acquired by Facebook in March as part of a shock $2 billion deal. That figure included $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share), according to the announcement.

"Mobile is the platform of today, and now we're also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow," said Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. "Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate."