The Facebook-backed Oculus VR today announced the acquisition of Carbon Design, the group behind some of Microsoft’s popular products, such as the Arch Touch Mouse, the Xbox 360 controller (and its new transforming d-pad), and the Xbox 360 Racing Wheel.

“This is an entirely open product category,” said Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design. “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.”

While the acquisition sum was not disclosed in the announcement, Oculus did point out that it had been working with Carbon for almost a year on a number of unannounced projects.

Oculus has been on a hiring spree lately, after receiving official backing Facebook of $2 billion. So far, the team consists of graphics engine wizard John Carmack, former VR engineers from Valve including Micheal Abrash, ex-Halo 4 senior director Kenneth Scott, and Naughty Dog co-founder and the ex-CEO of the ill-fated THQ, Jason Rubin.


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