Job listing shows Valve ready to break into hardware business, but with what?

Job listing shows Valve ready to break into hardware business, but with what?

Summary: The gaming company says it's "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space."

TOPICS: PCs, Hardware

With its Steam software store, Valve has helped revolutionize the distribution of programs (particularly PC games). Now we have a further sign the company wants to shake up the hardware market.

A new job listing on the Valve website for an industrial designer takes a shot at the current stake of PC hardware, saying that "There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked." As a result of the company's frustration with today's hardware design, it plans on "jumping in" to the space.

But what does that exactly mean? Unfortunately, the job listing doesn't give us any hint. We know that Valve has been an outspoken critic of Windows 8, and that it has been working hard to bring Steam to Linux. There have also been reports that Valve was showing off a gaming console called the Steam Box to potential partners, and has even dabbled in wearable computing devices.

In particular, the job listing points out that even the keyboard and mouse haven't changed much over the years (though gaming peripherals companies would beg to differ on that point). But would Valve really stop at input devices? How could it shake up the PC hardware industry as it seems that it wants to do? Give us your ideas in the Talkback section below.

[Via The Verge]


Topics: PCs, Hardware

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  • They have friends who play games

    The super-high-end gaming PC market is sufficiently low volume that even a puny player like Valve could participate and make money. Contract manufacturers are everywhere; the hard part of being in the PC business is distribution and marketing. Valve has its own pipe direct to the hard-core gamers. They could probably make it work.

    That and a complete line of Valve-branded (or Steam-branded) keyboards, mice, gloves, foot pedals, motion sensors, etc. would probably make a nice addition to their business. If I were doing it I would contract with Logitech to make the stuff on the theory that if I don't, Logitech will come after me and clean my clock.
    Robert Hahn
  • Steam Box is the best bet

    An SBC with latest graphics and decent memory could put up a good fight, especially if Valve marketed it direct to existing Steam subscribers first.
    terry flores