Valve hiring hardware heads

Adam Oxford

In a move that makes the long rumoured Steam Box look a lot more likely, Valve has started advertising for industrial designers .

The ad - spotted by The Verge yesterday - could just be about finding someone to join an existing team and model prototypes for gravity gun-shaped controllers, but the wording suggests that there are much bigger plans afoot than that.

“Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We're frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we're jumping in. 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.”

This is, of course just the latest in a long list of signs that Valve's going to break free of mere desktop clients before long. It follows on from the formation of a Linux team and an interest in wearable computing and well documented concerns about Windows 8 from the very top of the company. It's also not the first time that Valve has expanded its hardware team this year .

So.... software companies that do hardware. Are they a good or a bad thing? In other words, are you expecting this:

Or this:

(Main pic by GizmoFBI )

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