Valve ‘Jumping In’ to Hardware Developement

For quite a while now many people have been talking about a “Steam Box”. A piece of hardware that would allow you to play your steam games in your living room, dorm room or wherever you are. Valve has always denied these rumors, but things like the Steam Big Picture Mode always kept us thinking about a Steam Box. Now Steam has a new job listing on their website for a an industrial designer. The post says, “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.”

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The posting goes on to say, “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.”

So does this mean Valve is going to be developing a “Steam Box” or some sort of hardware component to complement the steam service? Only time will tell and we will be sure to let you know when we find out more! For those interested in the industrial designer position they are looking for “6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products” and “a thorough understanding of product design principles.”

Source: Valve | News Archive

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