Months ago, there were rumors that Valve would be getting into the hardware business by making a Steam console. Valve quickly denied those rumors… but now it looks like they were just bluffing.
In a job listing for the “industrial designer” position on Valve’s website, the company has finally made its hardware ambitions explicit: Valve says “we’re frustrated by the lack of innovation of in the computer hardware space, so we’re jumping in.” The job listing says that “even in basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed much in any meaningful way over the years,” but it stops short of naming the actual hardware that a Valve-employed industrial designer would create. For months, evidence suggesting Valve’s entrance to the hardware market has piled up: there’s the rumored “Steam Box” platform, murmurs of a wearable computing project, and job listings for engineers. Valve deflected rumors that it would be delivering a gaming console for the Steam platform in March, but said that it had no plans for “the near future.”