Oculus buys hardware R&D firm, looks for hardware partners

|By:, SA News Editor

Oculus VR (FB) is buying hardware R&D firm Carbon Design for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close by summer's end.

Oculus, interested in making its VR headsets smaller, lighter, and cheaper, says Carbon "officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus." The firm designed the Xbox 360's controller, among other products.

Separately, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe states his company is looking for hardware partners to boost adoption of its VR platform. "If we do want to get a billion people on virtual reality, which is our goal, we’re not going to sell 1 billion pairs of glasses ourselves.”

Iribe adds Oculus has held initial talks with Sony (recently unveiled its rival Morpheus VR headset) and other hardware firms, and that the company likely won't form partnerships until a consumer version of the Oculus Rift (currently available via dev. kits) is launched.

Engadget reported in May Oculus is partnering with Samsung on a mobile/media-focused headset that will will feature a slot to insert a smartphone (and thus make use of its display and rear camera).

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