Gah! So. Many. Rumours. Alright, Valve, we get it: you’re totally interested in making gaming hardware of some sort but you’re also being coy little girls about it; instead choosing to look away bashfully and insist that nothing is up whenever people start to ask questions.
This time, however, we have you! You’ve pretty much said it outright. And you thought your hard-to-get demeanour would see you through the year. We knew you’d eventually crack under our contrived attitude of indifference.
Valve’s looking for an industrial designer who will be responsible for bringing their “expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing” to the company. According to the job listing, Valve is “frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space,” and so they’ve decided that they’re tired of sitting on the sidelines and are now “jumping in”.
From the sounds of things, the fabled Steam Box is not on the cards, but instead gaming peripherals might be. Judging by the tone of the job listing, Valve isn’t aiming to release Left 4 Dead branded mice and keyboards however: “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.”
So what’s in store? Who knows, but knowing Valve it’ll take a billion years before they release anything tangible. When they do, however, oh-ho man, we’ll put money on the fact that it’ll be amazing. Hopefully.