Confirmed: Valve Developing Revolutionary New Games Platform

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As of now, it’s Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo who rule the hardware market in the games industry, but just a little while longer, and legendary game company Valve may just delve into the fray as it seeks to hire an electronics engineer for what it deems a revolutionary new games platform.

“Most people think of Valve as a company that makes video games— and we are,” reads the recruiting page. “But we also built the software that powers those games and the platform that lets millions of fans play, share, modify, and build communities around more than 1,800 titles. That makes us a full-spectrum entertainment studio. As such, our search for talent has taken us beyond the game industry and into the fields of architecture, economics, psychology, and industrial design. We’re not just growing. We’re diversifying. Where to next? You tell us. We’re after talented people with original ideas and the passion to realize them.”

It added: “We’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen. Join our highly motivated team that’s doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms,” it continues.

We’re not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences.”

The successful candidate will “conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware.”

Duties:

Work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware
Requirements:
Hands on prototyping experience
Lab and measurement skills
System level design experience
Knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers
Experience with high speed serial interfaces
Experience with schematic entry
Experience with circuit simulation
Four years relevant experience

Recommended:

Board layout (analog and high speed digital)
Hardware Definition Languages (HDL) for FPGA and chip design
Power supply management
Thermal management
Design for test
Low frequency analog
RF and antennas
Signal integrity analysis
DSP
ARM / X86 system design
Manufacturing pilot runs
Failure analysis
FCC/CE/UL certification

Times are getting really exciting in the games industry, and it’s good to see Valve jumping in even as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo believed they’d covered the entire market.

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5 Comments on "Confirmed: Valve Developing Revolutionary New Games Platform"

  1. Crash Okami April 13, 2012 at 6:49 am -

    I despise Valve, because of their somehow elitist attitude (“we are the saviors of PC gaming” style), but first and foremost because of the fanbase’s “PC gamers uber alles” attitude. I’ve had countless problems with Steam, and I still have, but no, that’s my fault. Origin runs flawlessly, but if I dare say this, I’ll be hanged, drawn and quartered by the Steam fanboys.

  2. Ghost250 April 13, 2012 at 6:58 am -

    the only thing i see good coming out of this. is that there will be more competition which is always a good thing other than that i don’t see the point of valve making hardware. like they already have steam what could they accomplish with making hardware?

  3. benzo April 13, 2012 at 8:17 am -

    It wont be a stand alone gaming box. When the rumor first hit, everyone thinks standalone console. But in fact, I read that it will be something that will be “inside” existing gaming systems. So picture a little black box inside of an Alienware PC or a new home console. At least thats what Mr. Newell made it seem like.

  4. nick April 14, 2012 at 7:52 am -

    steambox was suppose to be PC gaming brought to the masses.
    a cheap PC built and supported by valve.
    whats the point of buying that over a similarly priced alienware or XPS on the other hand well we would have to wait and see till its released.
    i really dont think theres a market for this, there is already allot of smaller cheaper PCs out there!
    its releasing a fish in a sea full of fish, its not exactly going to be on its own.
    unless its ridiculously cheap or offers some really cool exclusive features i cant see it doing too well.

  5. nick April 15, 2012 at 5:15 am -

    the more days that go past the more days i think this is true.
    not saying its worthwhile what i said before still stands but reading this was really interesting.
    http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/valve-how-i-got-here-what-its-like-and-what-im-doing-2/
    wearable computers?
    hmmmmmmmm………
    days like this i want to pack my bags and move out!

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