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New vacancy suggests Valve is moving into hardware

Valve is looking to hire an Industrial Designer, confirming its intention to work on some sort of new hardware.

According to the wording in the job description, Valve is, "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space," adding that it's "jumping in."

"Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven?t really changed in any meaningful way over the years," says Valve "There?s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked."

It's hard to say what Valve's next move could be in this space, but it's certainly going to be interesting to find out.

Edited On 03 Sep, 2012

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visa's avatar
visa 4 years ago
Whatever Valve does I'll follow! They're masters of software and I'm sure they'll master hardware
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SkySaber 4 years ago
I dont think they will make a gaming console...more like a gaming PC.
Grigzy's avatar
Personally I see it being a mix of both, It will be as simple as a console or as complex as a computer. Depending on how much the user wishes to customise it. Odds are Steam will be adapted to be the operating system for it.
Grigzy 4 years ago
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
Well I'll be patiently waiting since if its from Valve its bound to be good
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no47 4 years ago
Considering the games Valve make are usually spec heavy, i'd say they be best sticking to making software only.
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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
As far as I'm concerned, competition will only make the other consoles better. Look at the Wii, it's jumped into a 1080p console, where as the others have had a look at motion censoring to try and make them as popular to the casual audience aswell. Valve will no doubt produce an awesome console if they build one, and that could make Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo perk up.
adwan's avatar
Devs may like it to happen, gamers may like it to happen, but the people making the consoles would never want it to happen. Competition drives sales and drives development. If we have only one console where would the drive come from to develop better consoles, or prepherials or even better games?
adwan 4 years ago
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Scruza 4 years ago
I think Valve should team up with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo to build one universal console. Many game developers have said that this would make things better as there would be no conflict over exclusive dlc, I wish they could make this happen! The gaming community would grow more in my opinion...
Hymeleon's avatar
That ain't gonna happen since management wise it would be disastrous.
Hymeleon 4 years ago
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BaldBoxer 4 years ago
And why not, the more competition on the market, the better the developers have to make there own equipment
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Whitey 4 years ago
Geforce GTX 760 Ti Valve OC edition sounds good to me.
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uncleniccius 4 years ago
I would love to see this. Steam is near perfect, and they could make a system that would appeal to Indie Developers. I think it would scare the competition, and lead to better consoles from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.
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Stabber 4 years ago
portal turret speakers, fun to see =D

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