Job Posting Reignites Rumours Of A Console From Valve
Valve is seeking an Electronics Engineer to “invent whole new playing experiences”.
Earlier this year we reported that Valve was rumoured to be working on a console. Now there’s yet more evidence that the corporation could be coming up with something to compete with the Xbox, Playstation and Wii U as the next generation of consoles slowly approaches on the horizon. A job posting on Valve’s website reveals that they are seeking a software engineer to “ conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware”.
“For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen”, the post reads. “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”.
Valve’s marketing director Doug Lombardi explained to Kotaku that Valve was unlikely to be releasing console hardware any time soon, seemingly squashing rumours of a “Steam Box”. However, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell recently told Penny Arcade, “if we have to sell hardware we will” and that “we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that”, so the possibility of some kind of Valve orientated hardware isn’t completely out of the question.