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Valve Job Posting Confirms Plans for Making Own Hardware

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It's not an official confirmation but it's probably about as close as we'll get for now.

Rumors of Valve's plans for a Steam Box console have been doing the rounds for a while now. Things got started back in February when Gabe Newell said in an interview that while Valve had no reason to believe it was any good at selling hardware, they had to continue to innovate, and if that meant developing and selling hardware, then so be it. Today, a job posting points to the existence of said hardware, which could be either a game console or a PC.

A job posting for an Electronics Engineer over at Valve says in no uncertain terms that the company is looking to get into the hardware game.

"For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences," the post reads. "Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen."

Just in case that leaves any room for doubt, the posting continues, "We're not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences," with an invite to join a "highly motivated team that's doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms."

Valve says interested applicants will be required to have hands on prototyping experience, lab and measurement skills, system-level design experience, knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers, experience with high speed serial interfaces, experience with schematic entry, and experience with circuit simulation. Additionally, the company would like if the candidate also had an idea of doard layout (analog and high speed digital), Hardware Definition Languages (HDL) for FPGA and chip design, and a whole host of other things (including experience with thermal management and ARM / X86 system design).

Hit up Valve for full details. There's also a screenshot below in case the job posting is pulled (click through to zoom).

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    alidan , April 14, 2012 11:42 AM
    A Bad DayWhile you're at creating a new console, where's our HL2 Ep3 or HL3?


    that will be a launch title, how else will they get everyone with a pc to get this?
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    A Bad Day , April 14, 2012 11:20 AM
    While you're at creating a new console, where's our HL2 Ep3 or HL3?
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    A Bad Day , April 14, 2012 11:20 AM
    While you're at creating a new console, where's our HL2 Ep3 or HL3?
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    jkflipflop98 , April 14, 2012 11:30 AM
    They're making a gaming heads up display. Epic.
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    alidan , April 14, 2012 11:42 AM
    A Bad DayWhile you're at creating a new console, where's our HL2 Ep3 or HL3?


    that will be a launch title, how else will they get everyone with a pc to get this?
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    Cwize1 , April 14, 2012 11:52 AM
    Maybe the recent visit by Apple is related. A joint partnership perhaps.
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    mauller07 , April 14, 2012 12:29 PM
    If what they are doing is going to basically be a PC at heart but with a set specification etc i could see this going well as it will make pc gaming homogenous with console gaming as the game would be the same, just if it detects the console pc it will use a specific rendering path etc and the pc version can be the full deal with maximum graphical control and your bog standard pc game scheme etc.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2012 1:22 PM
    >> that will be a launch title, how else will they get everyone with a pc to get this?

    Everyone minus 1. That would be the day I bought a console because I wanted to play HL2 Ep3. Moreover, an HL2 Ep3 that was an exclusive to said console! I'd just stick it to the Man. I don't need another company moving to console exclusives.
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    __-_-_-__ , April 14, 2012 2:24 PM
    mauller07If what they are doing is going to basically be a PC at heart but with a set specification etc i could see this going well as it will make pc gaming homogenous with console gaming as the game would be the same, just if it detects the console pc it will use a specific rendering path etc and the pc version can be the full deal with maximum graphical control and your bog standard pc game scheme etc.

    it's called ps3 with linux.
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    mauller07 , April 14, 2012 2:29 PM
    __-_-_-__it's called ps3 with linux.


    That does not mean it can play games due to the ps3 using a completely different processor architecture, as long as they make their system based on x86 then the homogenous software can work if written correctly.
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    wmalinowski , April 14, 2012 2:52 PM
    Why Steam? If you play Steam on PC, why would buy a steam console box?
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    twelch82 , April 14, 2012 4:55 PM
    It might be a HTPC designed to hook up to your TV.
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    sirencall , April 14, 2012 5:21 PM
    Did no one else notice the mention of ARM systems? ARM does not have a desktop PC as far as I know at the moment so this is either gonna be something mobile like a tablet/laptop or even perhaps a phone like device. If it is a desktop/console system it will most likely have to be a windows 8 based system in order for it to be compatible with their library of games. I know phones and tablets have along pretty fast lately, to the point that they may start rivaling the ps3 and 360 in what may be a year, so this may not be a bda choice since they are great at power and heat management.

    I know in another article that they were also working on developing some new biometric feedback as well. So I guess their box will give you more feedback than the rumble feature that came out on the N64, which is nice. I know that is something that has been lacking in PC gaming, since your mouse and keyboard gives zero feedback. Perhaps texture feedback? I know a company developed this a year or two ago and was suppousedly going to be on the PS Vita, but that was a no go.
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    dreadlokz , April 14, 2012 5:43 PM
    wth? another console? we don't need more shitty consoles, I mean, COMMON! just keep making games, better games, no consoles plx, some one just blow up wii xbox ps! We don't need them, all we need is PC and portable consoles... nothing else!
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    ddan49 , April 14, 2012 5:48 PM
    Great... just when I'm about to build a new PC.
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    kronos_cornelius , April 14, 2012 9:39 PM
    I think Toms needs to go Rupert Murdoch on this story. I am really interested in this development.

    I think it would be great if they use Nvidia's ARM chips, they can use Android as the OS. Look at what developers have done with Asus Prime.

    In a sence, that is the way I think they want to go. Google created Android as this open platform, however they make money on the market and advertisement.

    Valve can make an open gaming platform, but because they pretty much will set the roadmap, they will make millions in transaction fees from the Steam Store.

    And if there is a "Amazon" out there wanting to compete in Valve's platform, that only makes the platform more popular... a win win for Valve.

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    eddieroolz , April 14, 2012 9:42 PM
    I don't see them making a PC, since games on Steam gradually outpaces the PC hardware as months wear on. Instead this might be an OnLive-style streaming game service.
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2012 10:18 PM
    Not this stupid shit again.
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    atikkur , April 14, 2012 10:51 PM
    as long as they using pc parts (x86,AMD/nvidia gpu), and custom OS for gaming, then go for it. i see this pc console may lighten pc gaming to live again, and may provide a healthy ecosystem for the highend pc (performance may standarizes but still scalable to highend, we get more diverse gaming accessories, developer get more experience in optimizations, etc).
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    FloKid , April 15, 2012 12:48 AM
    I am surprised that no one guessed that this is a portal gun : )
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    Gundam288 , April 15, 2012 3:27 AM
    Sounds like Valve filled the last of Microsoft's quota of volunteers. (JK)

    Windows 8 is the 1st thing that comes to mind when I saw ARM / X86 System Design in the recommended section for the job posting.

    I hope my mind is just messing with me tho..... who knows what it's going to be, could be an authenticator for your steam account for all we know. (and that would be a great option for people who have a TON of games and are paranoid about having their account stolen/hacked/etc.)
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    capt_taco , April 15, 2012 3:40 AM
    omg welcome to the cloud.

    I can think of few things in gaming that I hate more than the cloud.
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