Remember when those rumors started circulating about Portal and Half-Life developer Valve was working on their own console, the Steam Box? Remember when those rumors were debunked by Valve and the thoughts of the great developer designing hardware died out for a while? Well, Valve is at it again, but this time the info coming straight from the company itself. While there is no evidence that they are developing a console, per say, their job posting for an industrial designer proves that they are entering the hardware business.
In the listing, Valve cites a “lack of innovation in the computer hardware space” as their reason for entering the hardware race. This isn’t an admittance to developing something to compete with the Big Three, but it certainly sounds like a decree to do for the gaming world what today’s PCs and consoles cannot. Valve seems determined to change some of the basics of the gaming landscape in the PC area at least, saying that “even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years.”
The job listing calls for “6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products.”
Again, this is no guarantee of some console from Valve anytime in the future or at all, but PC gamers who have been with Valve for a long time and console gamers who have been able to experience Valve’s brilliance should definitely be intrigued by this. Usually, when Valve wants to make its mark on the video game industry, they have a great track record for succeeding.