Valve Hiring More People to Work on Hardware

We haven’t really heard much from Valve on the hardware front in a while, other than the brief rumors of the “Steam Box” that circulated a few months ago. But it seems the not-Half-Life 3 developer is re-upping its commitment to making new PC gaming hardware with a fresh job ad.

You can check out the new ad over on Valve’s website. Here’s a quick quote that sums up what it seems like Valve is up to:

“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 really not that different to a similar job posting Valve made back in April. At the time, Valve was, again, pointing to a lack of innovation even in input devices. Sounds like the company’s commitment to that idea remains, even a whole five months later.

Valve’s Gabe Newell also mentioned back in April that the company was interested in “wearable computing” — augmented reality-type stuff, the kinds of HUD overlays you might see on a video game screen but projected onto, say, glasses. Could this be a continuation of that idea? Well, let me check my crystal ball. Signs point to — maybe.

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