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Will Valve enter the hardware market?

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Valve is never afraid to try new things, like launching a digital content delivery service  – even if it might take them a handful of years to get around to do doing it. Valve is, in short, an innovative company that isn’t just about games and software – and its this innovation that could lead to them developing their very on console hardware.

Speaking to Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera, the grizzly-bearded Gabe Newell said that Valve isn’t afraid to dabble with hardware.

“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will,” he said. “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.”

He continued: “It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do.”

In response to a question about what his dream project might be, he replied:

So I use a tablet a ton, so if I could pick one magic wand I would have us all sit down and design a new, more gaming friendly tablet hardware interface and then build some content that really was designed at the same time as the hardware. So if I could pick one thing that would be it. Because I’m really frustrated as a tablet user with how mediocre the gaming inputs are.

We’ve always wondered if Apple might enter the hardware market, shaking things up – but it could end up being a five horse race with Valve  as the dark horse.

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Read the full, extensive interview here.

Last Updated: February 21, 2012

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