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KingOfSentinels
09-03-2012, 02:51 PM
This ought to fan the rumour flames a bit; it appears Valve is hiring hardware development specialists for a new hardware project.

A rather intriguing job listing on Valve's site for an 'Industrial Designer' shines light on the firm's disappointment with today's PC hardware, and suggest it will soon be taking matters into its own hands.
"Valve is traditionally a software company," reads the post. "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."

It gets more interesting from there. "We're frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we're jumping in," Valve declares. "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 candidate is required to have "6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products", and "confidence with 2D and 3D design visualization tools".

Valve has previously dismissed rumours that the firm is working on releasing its own hardware dubbed the 'Steam Box' - a console-like machine that would play Steam games and other PC titles on your telly with a proprietary controller and optional USB attachments.

But the rumored claims don't seem so far-fetched now, do they?

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/366248/valve-frustrated-by-lack-of-innovation-in-pc-hardware-jumping-in/

That doesn't sound like Half Life 3 to me!

But damn, Valve are looking to innovative hardware; I'm definitely interested. :P

Chronos
09-03-2012, 06:08 PM
Console? That's what my money's on.

calintz
09-03-2012, 06:29 PM
no innovation in the pc space?

how about touch screens and windows 8?

/trollface

KingOfSentinels
09-03-2012, 06:47 PM
Well they've got a few trademarks for different types of controllers and specifically mention PC hardware so I don't think it's a new console. But hey, I'll be happy with anything Valve put out, they haven't once done wrong by me yet.

Drunken Savior
09-03-2012, 06:54 PM
What about that time they raped your wallet?

KingOfSentinels
09-03-2012, 07:33 PM
At least they cuddled afterward.

Chronos
09-03-2012, 07:35 PM
Well they've got a few trademarks for different types of controllers and specifically mention PC hardware so I don't think it's a new console. But hey, I'll be happy with anything Valve put out, they haven't once done wrong by me yet.

consoles = computer hardware essentially so I don't think it's far fetched.

KingOfSentinels
09-03-2012, 08:45 PM
Computer hardware, sure, but the listing says PC hardware specifically. Consoles aren't PCs, so I doubt it'll be anything to do with current consoles or a new console from Valve. It could be of course, but I highly doubt it.

Reality
09-03-2012, 11:05 PM
Could also of course be related to nothing more than their own servers. Maybe they are trying to find a way to create something that fits their specifics needs.

Sinful Sam
09-05-2012, 05:31 AM
Mouse and keyboard has worked pretty well for games on the PC... and there was always third party console controllers you can use. There was that kickstarter on virtual games Gabe showed support for. I wonder if it maybe related to that.

SavedFromSin
09-06-2012, 09:15 PM
Motion control for PC games! Can't wait for the mods on that!