Valve recruiting for hardware industrial designer

Job listing on the company's website hints at intention to expand into hardware market.

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Valve has posted a job listing that is lending further credibility to rumours that the company will enter the hardware market. Posted on its website, the job description for an industrial designer described the company as being "traditionally a software company," but one who has become "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space."

Valve wants innovation in gaming hardware.

Later in the listing, the company said that "Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven't really changed in any meaningful way over the years."

Earlier this year, Valve said that it was a "long way from shipping any sort of hardware," and that the boxes the firm had previously put together were for internal testing only. In a separate interview, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell responded to whether the company would ever consider a future in selling hardware.

"Well, if we have to sell hardware, we will. 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," said Newell.

Despite numerous rumours and speculation, to date, Valve has made no official announcements that it is working to produce a gaming device.

Discussion

101 comments
horrendos
horrendos

hmm feels like some plans for cloud gaming 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Vavle console with half life 3 i would go for that.

deadmonkey76
deadmonkey76

god i hope they dont make consoles epic fail

mediarays
mediarays

If i apply for this job who will be gonna play all your games

TheLingo56
TheLingo56

Why is this under HL2: Ep 1? I guess Gamespot just sorta randomly spun a wheel and it landed on the most random game they could've landed on. Well except maybe Ricochet or something....

TheLingo56
TheLingo56

lol I think Valve is going to expand to that Vertual Reality Headset that Gaben was really impressed by. Personaly I'm happy it'll be Valve that makes the first virtualy reality console :). Well that is if that even happens...

anhnhay
anhnhay

VALVE BEST EVER MAKE 

Michael83917
Michael83917

Mouse+Keyboard upgrade = The Matrix

 

If you guys could get working on that right away that would be great, thanks.

hadlee73
hadlee73

All future Half-Life games will only support control input from a valve in the back of the head :P

Shebuka
Shebuka

Why i need to buy a sort of console/pc with "Steam Store OS" when i have my PC with Windows 8 Store??? Valve, instead of make ridicolus things release HL3...

buying1999
buying1999

Well finally someone who will develop a console that will be able to give a little competition to the Xbox360. The whole world knows what a joke the over priced internet ready blu ray player has been all these years.

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Valve: saving PC gaming since 1998.

Cobra5
Cobra5

To be honest I don't really think Valve has it in them to innovate any further.

 

All of the content they've been putting out isn't really anything "new". Man vs Machine is the same survival/horde mode that's been in every multiplayer FPS since the 360 first came out... and DOTA2 is literally the same game remade that's already been remade three or four times. L4D2 was just an iterative improvement over L4D1, which is really the last creative project they've participated in- nothing at all innovative since late 2008.

vadagar1
vadagar1

they should call the hardware company Black Mesa

 

no really.....

 

 

SolidTy
SolidTy

Interesting. Strange. Boggling. Could be cool too.

Razer361
Razer361

I would like to see more consoles in the gaming isle than Xbox and Playstation, so...

Matt6411
Matt6411

I'm curious to see where this is going. Valve is one of the few big gaming companies yet to screw me over. Any innovations they make are bound to be at least incredibly well thought out, if not simply brilliant.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Innovation in Keyboards and Mouses... If it's not broken, why try to fix it?

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

Well this only proves that digital distribution isn't the future.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Wouldn't it make more sense to make the software more innovative, since their console sounds like generic PC I don't see how that's innovative, unless they're planning the route of Nintendo and actually changing the way games are played in some way....

Mr_HiTmAn
Mr_HiTmAn

i think theyre gonna build a new engine (ie source 2) and build hardware to run that because if you look at most of their games they all run off the source engine nowadays, portal, left 4 dead, DOTA, TF, CS. the only thing wrong with this would be third party games pushing the envelope with the big boys PS, MS and PC they could fall into the same whole nintendo fell into with the weaksauce wii. i say they team up with google and build an android/steam monster!!! >:D

timmy0001
timmy0001

I can see Valve being a big player in the hardware market at some point, though I doubt we will see any gaming systems from them for several years. However, they seem to be more focused on giving gamers what they want, and not trying to force things on us we don't want (i.e. Kinnect, wii-style controls, etc.) so I would be very interested to see what they come up with when they do finally show something off.

carlisledavid79
carlisledavid79

A steam box? Shut up and take my money Valve (if ever there was one of course)

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Gaben has decreed there are not enough projects in the works that interfere with development of Half Life 2 Episode 3/HL3/Whatever it's gonna be

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

From Valve, I'd definitely consider buying....

MetalDragon199
MetalDragon199

'long way from shipping any sort of hardware," and the fact that they just started hiring makes sense they will probably spend tons of time in R&D

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @buying1999  did you mean to say ps 3 in your comment? xbox is not a blu ray device and i would not call it over priced either its cheaper than the ps 3 anyway. Both good consoles.

96augment
96augment

 @buying1999 And the Wii, which sold more units than the Xbox 360, isn't competition?

Rovelius
Rovelius

 @buying1999 Reading "over priced internet ready blu ray player" all these years is also a joke

TheLingo56
TheLingo56

 @Cobra5 Well Mann vs. Machine was a hope to extend TF2's lifespan. DOTA 2 is the samething that they did with Couter Strike and Day of Defeat, they hired the Warcraft 3 modders do work with them to make a fully complete game. It just so happened that other companies beat them to the punch. L4D2 I can't really say too much about as I really don't know why they realised it but eh it's better than L4D1 so I'm not complaining. I also do believe you missed Portal 2 in between L4D2 and DOTA 2. Right now Valve is doing what most game company's are afraid of, that's taking risks. They make fresh idea's and let the community help them out.

 

I do however think they really think though that they got a bit to interseted in helping modders though. GOD DAMNIT WHERE'S HL3!

 

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

 @Sohereiam how? consoles can DD aswell. it is just another market they are going for in selling hardware aswell as games..

Poodger
Poodger

 @DarkSaber2k I wouldn't expect that game until the next engine. The Half Life series is sort of their "benchmark"/pilot game every time they create a new engine. They use it to show off and proclaim the release of a beautiful new engine. Plus, as recent articles have shown, they are actually working on it right now, they just aren't ready to release or preview it.

TheLingo56
TheLingo56

 @pspnkkk lol the only thing I can say about Virtual Boy is not many of it's like 20 games actualy used the "virtual Reality" gimmic. Besides it was only red and black so that instantly made it a bad console.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

 @PcGamingRig What I meant was, valve distribute only through digital means, now they are creating a hardware to sell, it means the hardware market(not just games) isn't dying like a certain CEO said.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

 @Poodger  @DarkSaber2k

 I have to agree.  I can the new engine only running on this super-special "Linux" box.  Making HL3 and exclusive to drive sales as Halo was for the original Xbox.

 

My reaction, I don't need to play HL3 that badly, thanks.

pspnkkk
pspnkkk

 @TheLingo56 I know ! I just checked it on Ebay and they are selling games sealed in the box, unused for up to $250 !!! Couldnt see any consoles but I think they would be stupidly over the top prices.