Facebook, via Oculus VR which it bought for $2billion - has now bought Carbon Design, the company that makes the controller for the Xbox 360.
An official announcement by Oculus VR states that the companies will be working closely with each other in Seattle and Remond, where they have offices that just happen to be up in Microsoft's corporate face. The declaration reads:
"We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the country, with over 50 awards to their name.
"As part of the deal, the team will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus, operating from the Carbon studio in the Seattle area.
"They’ll also be working closely with the Oculus R&D team based out of Redmond. We expect the deal to close by the end of summer."
Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design, also states: "The Carbon team brings their expertise around building great feeling, great looking consumer products like the Xbox 360 controller. We’ve been working with Carbon for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects.
"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.”