Valve is hiring hardware engineers
“Help us invent whole new gaming experiences”.
Valve boss Gabe Newell’s recent interview with Penny Arcade made it quite clear that that the company is definitely interested in making hardware – what that is, though, is for us to guess. A month or so back, the company was involved in two rumors, one for a console-like-PC called Steambox, and the second for a weird control-pad that had swappable components. Valve refused to comment on both, saying they were “long way” away from manufacturing any sort of hardware.
However, a recent job listing suggest that Valve is actively developing something hardware-related and are looking for engineers to help them “invent whole new gaming experiences”.
Here’s what the job description reads like:
“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. 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 is known to use biometrics and all sorts of science-tery in developing its games, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they put that experience into developing advanced game pads and controllers that could provide a whole new level of immersion and accuracy. This definitely looks interesting.