Oculus has been busy this week. Yesterday, they announced the acquisition of Carbon Design Group. They are a product engineering company that helped design several products for Microsoft including the Xbox 360 controller and Kinect.
The two sides have been working together for more than a year on “multiple unannounced projects.” Yesterday’s announcement just makes it more official. This deal is expected to close before summer’s end and the team at Carbon will remain at their studio in the Seattle area.
Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design, expressed his excitement working with Oculus. “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.
Oculus has been on a hiring spree lately, and are still looking for more. Looks like that Facebook money is getting good use.
In other Oculus news, the VR company fired back at ZeniMax’s lawsuit today. Oculus filed a response to the lawsuit in U.S District Court in Texas. Oculus labeled the lawsuit as “silly, money grabbing.”
Oculus says not a single line of code or tech belonging to ZeniMax was used in any Oculus VR products. Oculus also brings up the timing of the lawsuit in their response.
“Until the Facebook deal, and the perceived chance for a quick payout, ZeniMax never raised any claim of infringement against Oculus VR, undoubtedly because ZeniMax never has contributed any intellectual property or technology to Oculus VR,” Oculus says in its response to ZeniMax’s lawsuit.
Oculus’ response goes on to say exactly how former id Software (owned by ZeniMax) employee John Carmack began working at Oculus and how he repeatedly dismissed assumptions he was responsible for creating the VR headset.
“ZeniMax had a golden opportunity to make an early investment in Oculus VR and chose to pass,” Oculus says. “The lawsuit is nothing more than ZeniMax seeking to correct for a massive missed opportunity through the assertion of meritless litigation.”
Both Oculus and ZeniMax are seeking a jury trial to settle the lawsuit.
We’ll keep you posted on how the lawsuit and potential trial play out.