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A job listing seems to confirm that Valve is developing an "innovative" piece of hardware

9/3/12 4:03pm

After months of rumors, speculations, and denials, it appears the folks at Valve have finally admitted to having a piece of gaming hardware in development because they're "frustrated by the lack of innovation"  being put forward by the big hardware manufacturers.

The company recently posted a job listing for an Industrial Designer on its jobs board. According to the listing, this Industrial Designer will be working with Valve in the field of hardware development to design technology that will bring gamers exciting and innovative gameplay experiences.

But Valve explains it better than I can:

“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.” 

What could this new piece of hardware be? I'm not quite sure what to make of it actually. Although I'll guess that it could a new streaming based console (similar to Onlive and dare I say, the previously rumored Steam Box) that will exclusively support the Stream  library and sport some kind of fancy new controller/control interface. But your guess is as good as mine g1s.

Here's the full job listing in case you're interested:

If my screen cap is too blurry to read (or if you want to apply for the job), click here and then click on the Industrial Designer link.

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