Speculation has been running rampant concerning Valve developing a games console of some sort, however the firm, in the past, has said it has nothing to say on the matter, but if they ever were to developer a platform, they wouldn’t shy away from the challenge. It seems as if Valve has accepted the challenge.
“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will. We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do,” Valve boss Gabe Newell told Penny Arcade back in February of this year.
Now a job listing has made plane Valve’s intention:
Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in.
Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.
The post specifies that the job will adds “expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing.” Candidates are also expected to have “6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products” and “a thorough understanding of product design principles.”
So, if Valve is developing hardware, when will it be revealed? Sony and Microsoft are getting ready to release their next generation boxes next year, Valve would do good to one-up them.
See job listing here.
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