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Valve reportedly getting into the PC hardware business

Reports are coming out today that confirm long-held rumors that Valve has been looking at some way to enter the PC hardware business. While this doesn't point toward the much-desired "Steam Box" that was rumored a few months back, it's an exciting development nonetheless.

According to The Verge, Valve has confirmed rumors that a job posting for an industrial designer indicates that they are planning to enter the hardware business. However, they did not specify what sort of hardware they're planning to make, only offering the following quote as a sort of clue, "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."

It's not clear whether that quote indicates Valve will be leaning toward making PC accessories such as mouse/keyboard alternatives, or if they have ambitions that go beyond that. And of course, there's always the possibility that Valve is planning to start small with little projects like a gaming peripheral, then work its way up the chain to bigger productions.

We will of course be following this story with great interest, and will report back if any new developments arise.

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12 comments

  • tehtimeisnow - September 4, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    valve is one of the worst things to happen to gameing cuz they make huge discuonts on games and the companies that own those games lose milloins of dollers i mean just look at ea they lost so much money on steem that they were force to make there own servece and if u ask me orogin is 100 times beter
  • superduper93 - September 4, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    i hope your not serious. EA is one of the most overpriced companies in the business. they charge you full price for a game then if you dont have the online code you cant play online. fuck them. and in the economy steam is making games affordable and not raping us for every penny we have. EA could go under and i could care less. they have no fan loyalty therefore deserve no loyalty in return.
  • Thedigitalg - September 4, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    He is a troll, he has been trying this for a long time now. People like you who don't see that this is so very obviously a troll are the reason he's been around for so long. Congrats!
  • TheCakeIsaPie - September 4, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    Yeah, seriously, superduper. Pay attention. He's been doing this for months now on multiple sites. Acknowledgement only makes him stronger. Pro tip: Tr1p-T0e-Fan is also a troll, whose original incarnation was Big King Bud. The More You Know...
  • superduper93 - September 4, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    WELL.... i was not aware of this thank you
  • Turtman - September 4, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    I like what you do, I really do. But I think you need to be a little more subtle. It makes it even more hilarious when people take you seriously.
  • Shadow Of Death - September 4, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    This does indeed sound like an advert for peripherals, rather than an actual gaming set-top box. Dunno what they're going to make, if it really is going to be different from existing peripherals and those currently in development.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    Some parts are strange, but overall it seems Valve's coming to the conclusion that Next Gen needs Innovation to thrive, which isn't crazy, we all know Nintendo's Wii U and Sony expressed how Innovation is the next step even though they didn't do anything yet. Whether you like it or not, next gen without innovation is gonna be dull and stale compared to what could've been, especially with Wii U and whatever Valves Planning to do.
  • supermage65 - September 4, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    Part of the reason I'm not a huge PC gamer is the complete lack of innovation in the field. If Valve's serious about fixing that, I could see myself warming up to PC gaming a bit more.
  • Rowdie - September 4, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    I hope it's both, PCs ready to go out of the box, and innovative parts/peripherals. Just getting a standardized controller would be a nice step forward.
  • aberkromby - September 4, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    Valve needs to be getting into the suck my dick business.

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