Facebook’s Oculus purchases team behind Xbox 360 controller

Facebook’s Oculus purchases team behind Xbox 360 controller

Oculus VR, the virtual reality headset company, has announced the purchase of Carbon Design, the firm behind the Xbox 360 controller.

Oculus, acquired by Facebook in a $2 billion deal earlier in the year, will finalise the agreement in the summer, as it looks to utilise Carbon Design’s consumer electronics design expertise.

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Peter Bristol, creative director at Carbon, expressed his excitement over the deal.

“This is an entirely open product category,” he said in a blog post. “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. We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future.”

Since the Facebook acquisition, Oculus has increased its recruitment efforts, with high profile game developers from Valve, Bungie and EA all joining the firm recently. The purchase of Carbon Design continue this trend as the company looks to remain at the forefront of an increasingly competitive virtual reality (VR) market.

At the 2014 Game Developers Conference, Sony announced its own VR headset called Project Morpheus and rumours continue that Microsoft and Samsung will also reveal their own versions in the near future.

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Carbon Design boasts 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry and the firm is also responsible for well known products such as the Xbox 360 controller and Microsoft’s Kinect.

The exact terms of the purchase have not yet been disclosed. 

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