The old rumours that Valve are working on their own hardware melted away slightly after they announced they were working on a wearable computer, however now they’ve sparked right back up after a recent job listing.
The job listing asks for an “Industrial Designer” and talks about how disappointing current PC hardware is, and how they may soon be looking to tackle this problem themselves.
“Valve is traditionally a software company,” reads the job description. “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,” claims the post.
This could suggest that Valve’s aims are to recreate how people interact with their PCs too, which could be very interesting – or is just another way to bring this wearable computer idea forward.
The ideal candidate needs to have “6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products,” and “confidence with 2D and 3D design visualization tools”.
Now that this job listing has been seen, it’ll be hard for Valve to deny the rumours. Unless they’re playing a cruel joke on everyone.