Is, or is Valve not entering the hardware race? That’s a question that’s been on folks’ minds since rumours of the Steambox first surfaced. Others, probably rightfully, believed that Valve was just trying to change the PC input method, by creating a controller of their own. A new job listing at Valve suggests the company is definitely eyeing the hardware market in some form.
The job listing on Valve’s site calls for for an ‘Industrial Designer,’ and highlights Valve’s disappointment and frustrations with Pc hardware – suggesting it might take matters in to its own hands.
"Valve is traditionally a software company," the listing says. "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," Valve decries. "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 successful applicant 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".
I think it’s probably unlikely that Valve’s creating its own pc-centric console – the rumoured Steam Box, but with Gaben’s recent tirade against Windows 8, anything’s possible. In a recent interview with Venturebeat, Newell was pretty candid about the company exploring and experimenting with all manner of input device – including biometric sensors, wearable computing and other neat stuff. this is probably related.
Last Updated: September 4, 2012