Facebook And Oculus VR Acquire Xbox 360 Controller Designers, Carbon Design Group - HotHardware
Facebook And Oculus VR Acquire Xbox 360 Controller Designers, Carbon Design Group

Facebook And Oculus VR Acquire Xbox 360 Controller Designers, Carbon Design Group

Can you imagine what it's going to be like playing Candy Crush through an Oculus Rift headset? We only jest and certainly hope Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the gang at Facebook and Oculus VR have some way cooler things in store than that (and we're not talking about the ticket blaster at Chuck E. Cheese). Giving us hope that they do, Oculus is acquiring the Carbon Design team, the same one responsible for designing the excellent Xbox 360 controller.

Though the acquisition is new, Oculus has actually been working with Carbon Design for almost a year on various projects. As part of the deal, the team will become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus and continue to operate from the Carbon studio in the Seattle area.

Carbon Design

"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," commented Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design.

"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," Bristol added.

Multi-touch Notebook

This is a big deal for Oculus and it bodes well for its future. Carbon Design isn't some fly-by-night operation -- the company has been around for two decades designing consumer, industrial, and medical products. In addition to the Xbox 360 controller, the company has also helped design the world's first mutli-screen, multi-touch notebook and Microsoft's first multi-touch mouse, to name just two products on an extensive resume.
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Wow, this is amazing. I'm a huge fan of Carbon Design; the Xbox controller has to be my favorite controller by far. My questions is how are they going to integrate their skill set into a VR environment? Will they be building controllers or helping with the physical layout of the actual device?

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Im guessing they are there to help with the overall design of controls on the device and how it will be best to allow users easy of use.

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Very cool! I'm exited to see where VR goes in the next few years.

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wow, I am a big fan fan of the xbox controller design, this could be the start of something beautiful *tear*

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Hear that Steam? Get rid of that...well, steaming pile of pads you call a conrroller.

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Lol, have you used their controller? It look hard to use, but apparently it's very intuitive and I know I want to try one. :p

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I can't say I hated it... but I was not a fan. Intuitive but it was missing something.

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It's always important to reserve judgement until you have your hands on the final release version. I have high hopes, but only time will tell.

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Honestly I'm real excited with the whole VR thing. Its always been a cool kinda futuristic idea. I actually want to get one of these oculus rift things and try it out. It is interesting using the xbox remote though. 

On another note about this Oculus rift thing have you seen the Pokemon mod for oculus? It looked pretty awesome i don't play much Pokemon anymore but i would love to try a VR version it sounds simply awesome.

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