New Valve Job Listing Adds to Steam Box Rumor
A new job listing at Valve has added to the rumor that the company is working on a Steam Box game console. More specifically, it’s after an electronics engineer to assist in the development of hardware that will “enhance” the gameplay experiences Valve is known for.
Their primary role will be to “work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware”.
“Join our highly motivated team that’s doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms.
We’re not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences.”
While many have suggested that Valve is stepping up to the plate and making a game console, many are under the impression that they’re more interested in peripherals. If anything, the company’s recent controller-related patents seem to imply that same thought.
On the other hand, the job listing recommends knowledge of “power supply management” and “ARM / X86 system design”, which suggests a product more in line with a console or PC.
This is not the only job that points to Valve’s interest in creating hardware, as their own Jeri Ellsworth has mentioned previously that they’re building “our R&D dream team”.
And what’s her specific job? Working on next-gen hardware for Valve.
To learn more about the Steam box and its collective of rumors, read up on Lawrence’s article on the thing. It’s wonderfully informative…you know, for an article on speculation.