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Valve job ad seeks engineer: "we're developing hardware"

Tom Senior at

Rumours that Valve are developing their own "Steam Box" hardware platform were all but denied by Valve's Doug Lombardi when Owen asked him about it at GDC, it does look as though they're making something, though. Engadget noticed a job ad on Valve's job site looking for an electronics engineer.

Here's the first line of the ad: "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."

Tiny holes a bigger battery make

Adam Oxford at

What's the worst thing about using a laptop for gaming these days? Now that portable processors and graphics cards are good enough for most PC titles, the only problem left to overcome is battery life. I can't think of a laptop I've looked at recently that could manage more than an hour and a half of unplugged play. Not great if you're planning a raid.

Fortunately, science may have an answer to a plight.