Microsoft 3DV acquisition confirmed

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 09:15 GMT


It’s finally been confirmed that Microsoft bought Israeli tech firm 3DV.

Israeli business daily Globes reports that Microsoft’s Moshe Lichtman mentioned 3DV in a press conference relating to Microsoft’s R&D centre in Israel.

“The R&D centre helped Microsoft in buying the intellectual property of 3DV Systems, and in the wake of that dozens of the company’s employees were recruited to work at the development centre,” Lichtman said.

Globes says the Antitrust Authority approved the deal “a few days” ago.

3DV’s tech has been long-rumoured as the basis for Natal, but Microsoft claimed at E3 that the 360 motion system was built in-house.

There’s more on Eurogamer.

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