Valve Jumping Into Computer Hardware Space

September 4, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Lack of innovation among the hardware makers may push not only Microsoft into manufacturing hardware for its software products, but also gaming developer giants like Valve, shows a recent job advertisement form the company.

The advertisement which seeks an industrial designer indicates that Valve, which has grabbed its share of the gaming market with titles such as Half-Life 2 and Counter Strike, is going try its hands on the hardware side too.

As per the new job ad, the company needs innovative industrial engineers who can help the existing engineers to make new entertainment experience with both hardware and software.

Though the job posting does not exactly disclose what type of hardware the company is planning to develop, it tells us how annoyed Valve is with the lack of innovation with the hardware makers.

According to the job listing, despite open platforms like PC and Mac helping them to make a good relationship with the gamers, Valve is “frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space”. So “we’re jumping in. “, says the job ad.

According to Valve, the hardware industry has been stuck at very old things for long, even in case of basic input methods like keyboard and mouse.

Such a stagnant situation comes across the company’s ambition to create compelling user experience though its games.

However, the job is in line with an earlier rumor that Valve is working on a “Steambox” gaming console, though the company never acknowledged it officially. Now the job ad may be an early sign.

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