Rumors of PC juggernaut Valve entering the home console business have been floating around for months, but a recent job post looking for a hardware specialist has added a little more credence to all the talk.
The p0st can be found at Valve’s official career site, and while there’s no direct quote that states, “we’re making consoles, guys,” there are a few bits of the posting that may hint at a new direction for the company.
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.
Valve also mentions how its workers are consistantly “defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software.” With new hardware just around the corner for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, now could be a good time to jump into the race with something unique. A Steam Box backed by Valve’s millions of fans may just make waves.
Thanks to PCGamesN for finding the posting.
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