Earlier on in the year, there was talk that Valve was considering getting into the console business with a sort of “Steam Box.” Unfortunately, that turned out to be false, but, going by a new job listing, it looks like Valve is up to something.
In the listing, Valve flat-out says that it’s looking into hardware development, but it isn’t clear on exactly what that entails. The listing does suggest that it has something to do with PC and/or Mac, however. Here’s a very interesting snippet from the listing:
“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.”
Valve appears to be taking this new venture into hardware very seriously too. The listing calls for someone with 6 years experience at a minimum,with experience shipping “world-class, high-tech” products being a must.
It doesn’t appear that the job listing is referring to a Steam Box, so those of you looking forward to a console from Valve will likely be disappointed. It does, however, look like Valve is very interested in innovating on how we play games on the computer.
What sort of hardware would you like to see from Valve?