The rumors of a gaming console from Valve using their digital gaming platform Steam have been around for a while now. But a job listing for an “industrial designer” on Valve’s website seems to confirm that the gaming company is jumping into the hardware market. According to the listing:
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.
Back in March, Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi told Kotaku that the company was a “long way from… shipping any sort of hardware.”
Shipping, sure. Designing, however? Apparently not.
Is this the legendary Steam Box? Or will this a new line of gaming keyboards, mice, and computers?