Guess everyone wants to make a console these days. Well we don't know for sure if Valve is planning their very own console but recent news confirms that Valve will be getting into the whole hardware development side of the gaming world.
Rumors about Valve's intention to get into the hardware market had been flying around since March of this year. According to the rumors Valve was working along with Steam Box console. But as usual, Valve stepped in and dismissed these rumors as being false by commenting, "[the world is] a long way from Valve shipping out any sort of hardware."
The statement pretty much convinced everyone till a job listing appeared on Valve's official site for "an electronics engineer to work on platform hardware". Funny how most of the news we get nowadays are from job listings. The listing itself is pretty self explanatory and reveals quite a bit about Valve's intentions.
I quote, "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."
It continues to mention Valve's interest in creating new user experiences, "Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven't really changed in any meaningful way over the years." Also adding, "There's a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked."
So what are they looking for? Well as the listing describes, they are looking for people who have "6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products" and "a thorough understanding of product design principles." It also mentions that this job will add "expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing."
As you can see we don't really know what exactly they will be working on but one thing is for sure, they mean business. I am guessing they are going to give Razor a run for their money. I hope that more news will be revealed soon as I am super intrigued to find out what new user experiences they are concocting.