Valve: “We’ll sell hardware if we have to.”

Gabe Newell Valve boss
Gabe Newell

Also, Gabe Newell’s new beard is totally bitching.

I’m pretty sure that the word “bitching” would not make it into the magazine. [I’m pretty sure it definitely, maybe, possibly might. We’re not that uppity. – Ed] But the Internet at large makes no pretence at being classy, so I should get away with it here. Also, I’m pretty sure nobody edits this stuff before it gets posted anyways. [I am deeply offended by this. 😛 – Ed] But mostly, Gabe Newell’s new beard really is totally bitching, and to call it “awesome,” “sweet,” “cool,” or even “radical” just wouldn’t do it justice.

In related, and far more important news, Valve’s big cheese said in an interview with Penny Arcade that although hardware is not his company’s forte, they would totally get into making it if it had to be done.

“If we have to sell hardware we will,” he said. “We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do.

“It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do.”

Valve is a PC-oriented games company, due to the strength of franchises such as Half Life, Portal, Team Fortress, and now Dota 2 among the global PC community. There is also the fact that Valve runs Steam, which is the largest PC gaming reseller in the world.

So the idea of the company getting into the hardware game is a little difficult to grasp. Would it be a console PC hybrid? Possibly a console designed to appease the every fussy PC gaming master race, with HD graphics and properly implemented keyboard-mouse support? Or something completely different?

At this point, we’re sure it’s all talk, but it sure is fun to imagine!