Oculus VR to Buy Xbox 360 Gamepad and Kinect Design Team

Oculus VR to Buy Xbox 360 Gamepad and Kinect Design Team

As revealed on Oculus VR’s official blog on Tuesday, June 24, the Oculus Rift developer has announced its agreements to acquire one of the premier industrial and product engineer teams in the US, Carbon Design.

With over 50 awards to its name, Carbon Design is the designer behind both the Xbox 360’s controller and the original Kinect. The company has a 20-year history of taking consumer, industrial and medical products from their initial concepts to their final designs of completion.

As part of the deal, Carbon Design will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus VR. While operating from the Carbon studio on Seattle, Carbon Design will also be working closely with the Oculus Research & Development team in Redmond.

“A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time. 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, ” Carbon Design’s creative director Peter Bristol said in a statement.

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. We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future, ” he continued.

Furthermore, Carbon Design have been working with Oculus VR for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects. The Oculus Rift developer expects to close the deal by the end of the summer.

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