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June 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Facebook’s Oculus VR buys Seattle design studio

Facebook’s Oculus VR virtual-reality business is getting some Seattle style.

The company today announced that it’s buying Carbon Design Group, a Seattle studio that’s developed hardware such as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 controller, Kinect sensor and Arc Touch mouse. In 2012 it was named a top 10 design firm by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Irvine, Calif.-based Oculus was purchased by Facebook in March for $2 billion. It already has a Redmond engineering center led by gaming and virtual-reality experts it lured away from Valve Software.

In its announcement, Oculus said Carbon will stay in Seattle, and the deal is expected to close by the end of summer. The sale price wasn’t disclosed.

 

 

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