Last Spring a rumor started circulating that PC gaming titan Valve was developing a Steam based console to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Sony. That rumor was debunked by Valve themselves, who said that no such device was in the works. Well, Valve still isn’t getting into the business of making consoles, but it seems like they’re going to try their hand at making PC hardware.
Valve recently put updated their official website with job listings for industrial (hardware) designers. Acknowledging that this is new territory for the beloved PC game and distribution company, the job listing explains Valve’s reasoning for jumping into the hardware market: “We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in.”
Valve says they’re looking for someone with “expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing,” which has led some to believe that Valve may be focusing on input devices, like mice, keyboards, or gamepads. Valve founder and CEO Gabe Newell has stated many times before that he’s very interested in motion-controlled technology and gesture based inputs.
Valve revolutionized the way people buy PC games with Steam, so it’ll be interesting to see what ideas they come up with in regards to hardware.