by Anton Shilov
09/03/2012 | 10:03 PM
Valve Software, a major developer of video games and the owner of Steam software distribution system, has officially confirmed its development of own hardware by posting a job offering. The company believes that the hardware innovation has stalled, which calls it to jump into the new business. Even though Valve did not reveal what exactly it is developing, it does not look like it is designing keyboards, mice and other gear, but something more advanced.
"Most people think of Valve as a company that makes video games - and we are. But we also built the software that powers those games and the platform that lets millions of fans play, share, modify, and build communities around more than 1800 titles. That makes us a full-spectrum entertainment studio. As such, our search for talent has taken us beyond the game industry and into the fields of architecture, economics, psychology, and industrial design. We’re not just growing. We’re diversifying," a statement by Valve reads.
Earlier this year a rumour transpired claiming that Valve may enter the market with its own game console. Valve's game console was projected to be based on off-the-shelf hardware, but which would allow it to ensure high performance in games provided that game developers design their titles with the system in mind. The prototype of what was supposed to be called Steam Box was powered by Intel Corp.'s Core i7 microprocessor, Nvidia Corp. graphics adapter and 8GB of memory. The company originally denied plans to create its own game system.
"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 are 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," explained Valve Software.
Valve is looking forward various experts in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, etc.