Oculus Acquires Carbon Design, The Team That Designed The Xbox 360 Controller

Since the Facebook acquisition, Oculus has already snatched up just about all of the biggest names in virtual reality.

Their next move? Grabbing amazing hardware designers.

Oculus has just announced that they will acquire the Seattle-based Carbon Design studio. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve almost certainly seen (or, more likely, used) one of their products. The Xbox 360 controller? That was their design. The original Kinect? That was theirs too. Beyond Microsoft projects, they’ve designed everything from wall clocks, to medical devices, to pet trackers.

One little gem tucked into the announcement: turns out, Oculus has already been working with Carbon Design for sometime, though they won’t say on what. Just that they’ve “been working with Carbon for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects.”

The Carbon team will stay in their offices in Seattle for now, but will work with the Oculus R&D team down the road in Redmond.

As always, we’re on the hunt for more details. We’ll update this story if we find out anything else