So, after months of rumours about potential “SteamBox” consoles or pre-built gaming PCs supplied by Valve, we might finally have an answer. Valve have toyed with the idea of making hardware before, but they’ve always been a software company. A recent job listing on their website confirms that they’re making hardware after all!
Valve is traditionally a software company,” the listing for an Industrial Designer position reads. “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.
So, are they making home consoles, or gaming PCs? Do they want to create a Steam-powered console? Are they trying to re-invent gaming altogether? I wouldn’t put that last one past Valve. Whatever they’re up to, it can only be good.