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Valve job post adds weight to company hardware rumours – Report

Monday, 3rd September 2012 17:31 GMT By Dave Cook

Valve appears to be hiring for a hardware specialist to help fill a “void in the marketplace” left by old control methods, according to job posting issued by the developer.

The job post can be found at Valve’s official career site, and pertains to an ‘Industrial Designer’ role at the company.

The first paragraph of the listing name-drops hardware:

“As an Industrial Designer at Valve, you will join a world-class group of electrical, mechanical, software engineers and designers who are busily defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software. We’re hoping to add your expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing to our team.”

Another line later in the post reads:

“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.”

At the bottom, the post states that applicants should have, “6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products.”

Is Valve looking into its long-rumoured Steam console, or is this an attempt to created wearable hardware that Gabe Newell has discussed previously? The jury is still out, but what do you think?

Cheers PCGamesN.

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  1. DSB

    Exciting, but didn’t they halfway confirm that already?

    They don’t have a console, and they aren’t committed to anything, but they said they were looking into everything going forward.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DocCylon

    @1 True, and my money is on this being a Steam Box. If it isn’t I’m going to build my own early next year.

    Though as we’ve seen before, Valve really is into EVERYTHING at the moment.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Fin

    @1

    Yeah, I don’t think this adds weight to any rumours, it’s more just “Valve exploring different ways of interacting”. Bit of a tabloid headline tbh.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Steam box dunno. I think for console gamers it’s a good deal.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. roadkill

    Awesome! I bet Sony and Microsoft don’t like this at all. :))

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Aimless

    @1 Yeah, when Gabe talked to VentureBeat recently he was very candid about their experiments with input and output devices.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Would be funny if Valve released a console with Steam being the only platform it could run.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    Interesting. Hope it’s true, competetition for MS and Sony is never a bad thing.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Da Man

    So much for teh PC freedom.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    *boing* the sound of fools jumping to conclusions.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    *bing* the sound of the butthurt afraid of dark future.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    Nope, still hearing *boing*

    #12 2 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    I bet their hardware will be the first console to offer sub-based gaming. It might just be a box with nothing fancy in it, streaming and rendering data off the cloud, just a hunch.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Da Man

    Severe denial leads to partial/selective loss of vision and hearing.

    Might explain Newell’s rage against Windows 8 after all..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. freedoms_stain

    *boing*

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Da Man

    *bing*

    #16 2 years ago
  17. freedoms_stain

    @17, I almost posted a logical rebuttal, then I remembered who I’m talking to and you don’t deserve my time.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Da Man

    It’s all right, not like you ever said anything ‘logical’ or intelligent (you did attempt, I’ll give you that). And it’s not like it would be anything beyond some generic observations and a mundane advice not to make pre-mature assumptions.

    You should form a group on Facebook, together with several others. ‘Teh liberal toy enthusiasts fighting ignorance and trolling’.

    Let me help echo your next post:

    here goes..

    *bing*

    #18 2 years ago
  19. freedoms_stain

    Yeah, 10 for effort, but like I said, not worth my time, go rile up someone who likes something you don’t or whatever it is you do these days.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Da Man

    I don’t have to rile up people who get all.. riled up themselves at the slightest mention of a closed Steam console.

    You see?

    *bing*

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 If it wasn’t worth your time, you wouldn’t keep responding. He doesn’t care what you say. He just wants a reaction. If everyone ignored him, it would cease happening.

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Telepathic.Geometry

    I hope that this becomes a reality, because I want to return to my old PC gaming days, but I can’t be arsed configing a PC and I want a rig that is somehow guaranteed to run everything without me having to get in there and tweak shit and download shit.

    If it downloads what it needs and tweaks itself automatically then that’s cool. It’d be cool if they plan to build an ergonomically inclined gaming mouse and keyboard set. It’s been tried before, but I think you need a big brand to unite the gamers behind a new format, so devs take it seriously too…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Omelette

    I don’t think they plan on creating a new console. OR MAYBE IN LIKE 10 YEARS BECAUSE THEY JUST STARTED HIRING ENGINEERS. DA. MAN.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. freedoms_stain

    @22, yeah, right, I didn’t address any of his bullshit at any point, but whatever.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Telepathic.Geometry

    Well, you bothered to state that you couldn’t be bothered to comment on his comments, so…

    Best approach to trolls is to carpet bomb them with silence, they’ll eventually grow bored and fuck off with themselves…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Da Man

    ‘My bullshit’ is a likely outcome, seeing as everyone today is after proprietary services/devices.

    But this is ‘teh Valve’ and ‘teh Gabe’ so I’m sure you’ll try and make it seem as they’re any different even when a Steam station comes out.

    #26 2 years ago