Valve Software Posts Job Listing For Hardware Development

By Ishaan . September 3, 2012 . 12:20pm

Portal and Steam developers, Valve Software, have posted a job listing for an “Industrial Designer,” along with a message expressing disappointment with innovation on the PC hardware front, according to a CVG report.


The job listing, which you can find here, reads:


Valve is traditionally a software company. 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. 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.


Rumours earlier in the year suggested that Valve were working on some sort of hardware solution of their own, dubbed a “Steam Box”. While Valve denied the rumours, this new job listing obviously suggests that they are interested in pursuing hardware development of some sort.

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  • Interesting… don’t know what else I can really say.

  • SirRichard

    Hm, I don’t think they’re looking to make a “Steambox” or what have you, but I’m curious. I know Valve have been pretty enthusiastic about new tech like the Oculus Rift VR goggles, maybe they’re hoping to create things like that? Or new input systems for computers? I’m not sure what they could do there, but they’re crafty.

    It’s just going to take a hell of a while.

    • Godmars

      I’d bet that what they’d planned would be exactly a “Steambox.” Something along the lines of that Kickstart/Linux box. Cheap and easily accessible to both publishers and the general public.

      The thing with game consoles since almost the PS1 era is that they began becomes more than game consoles. Current systems are little more than striped PCs.

      • SirRichard

        Do you mean Ouya, the console that uses Android? I could see them trying something like that, actually, but it’d have to be more powerful (and presumably more expensive) than the Ouya if it’s going to be running Steam and thus PC games.

  • … if only i could think of what to say i don’t know if this is good or bad but i guess ill say time will tell?

  • SantiagodelosSantos

    I kind of hope it’s not yet another home console to be honest. Along the ouya next gen will see like 5 new consoles in total? Also with the rumors of apple wanting to get into the industry it’s a little worrisome .Wouldn’t that be overkill and potentially cause another industry crash?  Either that or some people will need to get out of the hardware industry. If it’s a new type of controller for the PC then that could be cool and benefit the PC gaming industry, but we’ll see

  • Nicolas Vasquez

    they pretty much agreed with the common belief that microsoft forsaked gamers with recent windows software, and apple have expressed an interest on creating a steam-like gaming service, enven though i never found out what the executives of apple and valve meet for, this proves as a very valid theory.

  • RedShadoww

    Maybe they’ll make a Nerve Gear?!


  • AJ

    1 – If hardware diverges too much in this day and age, would that not force developers to be MORE conservative in their designs to reach the widest possible audience? Another console to compete with Vita, 3DS, Xbox, Playstation, Wii U, Ouya, and PC’s, as well as (allegedly) competing with the iOs and Android mobile platforms? There would have to either be a crash, or games would just have to meet the minimum requirements to play on everything.

    2 – Wouldn’t an input device optimized for gaming look like a console controller? But with some kind of mappable interface, like…..PC controllers? (I swear I’m not trolling.)

    • SantiagodelosSantos

      Or something maybe akin to the wii u game pad but maybe with a keyboard instead of a touch screen. Something like that. 

  • XypherCode

    Probably a PC hardware or a gaming laptop. But it looks like they’re focusing on input and such. Maybe a personalized/innovative controller for PC?

    • CirnoLakes

      After so many people are used to using their XBOX 360 controller for PC gaming and how many people develop on the PC specifically for that controller, I don’t think people are looking forward to that.

  • Kai2591

    Something to do with Oculus Rift, perhaps?

    • CirnoLakes

      I just looked that up right now.

      File under: Kickstarters I would have been a part of it I heard of them.

      Maybe my dream of a real life .hack or Sword Art Online will come true someday.;_;

      • Kai2591

        Its every gamer’s dream to have something like those. So I do hope it comes true in our lifetime! XD

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