Just over a month ago it was speculated that Valve was about to start building a gaming console, which was affectionately dubbed the “Steam Box”. Said speculation was based off some pretty convincing information that website The Verge managed to procure. It was all very exciting for about 48 hours, after which Valve’s marketing director Doug “Buzzkill” Lombardi debunked all of the rumours and dashed our hopes of ever having a “Steam Box” humming quietly next to our Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Boo!
Since then, things have been rather quiet. Today, however, website Engadget has spied a rather intriguing job listing over on Valve’s official webpage. The position: Electronics Engineer.
According to the job description: “For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen. Join our highly motivated team that’s doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms. We’re not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences.”
So, what should we make of this, especially in light of the fact that Lombardi was emphatic in his denial of any hardware manufacturing on behalf of Valve? Your guess is as good as ours, but the listing definitely re-opens speculation – perhaps a little more cautious speculation, but speculation nonetheless.