One of the hottest rumors in gaming this past year has been Valve’s go at a console, and those rumors only have more reason to heat up today as a new job posting confirms the company’s desire to produce ‘computer hardware’. It goes without saying that ‘computer hardware’ is a very broad term, and could range from peripherals to internal components, so the only thing we can be sure of now is that Valve will be doing something hardware-related, and soon.
In its job posting for an Industrial Designer, Valve complains about the lack of innovation going on in the computer hardware space at the moment; “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.“
Later in the posting, Valve questions the types of products it’d choose to ship to its millions of users, so it might be that the company itself at this point isn’t even 100% on exactly what it wants to produce. Though ‘computer hardware’ doesn’t sound like ‘console’, it still could be – maybe. It could be a console that’s built using computer hardware, but offers unique features, such as Valve-produced peripherals. Err, did I just fuel the rumor? I think I did.