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Valve Probably is Getting Into Hardware After All

Updated.

Valve are cheeky tricksters, aren’t they? Remember back at the start of March, when rumours arose that Valve were making a “Steam Box”? The company denied that at the time, saying that it was just Gabe Newell talking in general terms when he hinted at it in an interview with Penny Arcade in February.

Well, those sneaky geniuses at Valve are now advertising a position with the company for an Electronics Engineer. The role is buried among their other vacant positions on their jobs page and, judging from the description, it is quite obviously attempting to find someone who can build consoles.

The main duty of the role requires the applicant to “Work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware.” Sounds like they’re producing some sort of new platform, doesn’t it? Further to that, the responsibilities required involve “Hands on prototyping experience”, “System level design experience” and “Knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers”.

Recommended experience includes knowledge of Hardware Definition Languages and chip design, power supply and thermal management and manufacturing pilot runs.

So, Valve is prototyping some new hardware of its own then. Exciting.

Update: We’ve found, via lambdageneration, some more evidence in the form of a tweet from Jeri Ellsworth, a computer chip designer who was recently hired by Valve:

“I’m working at Valve on nextgen gaming hardware.”

So there we go.

Source: Valve via VG247

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48 Comments
  1. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Bring it on!!

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 09:51.
  2. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    I wonder how OnLive is doing in the UK? Never seen any of their boxes in GAME.

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 09:53.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      To be fair though, Game don’t really have any games either. :)

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:06.
    • Nickboss1
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      I got my onlive box from eurogamer expo last year for free. I haven’t played it that much due to the bulky joypad and graphics. I hope steam do a better job, at least with the joypad.

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:14.
      • shields_t
        Member
        Since: Oct 2008

        Surely it needs storage? Even my Virgin media XL connection is oversubscribed and drops off the cliff during peak hours, streaming just isn’t something that will work properly in the UK. Yet.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:30.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        From what I’ve played on onlive (around 10 hours) its been almost perfect, my only complaint would be the texture pop and the graphics take a bit of a hit due to the streaming however it does seem to be lag free.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 13:35.
    • halbpro
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Mar 2009

      Why on earth would GAME sell them?

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 13:23.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I was wondering the same thing. It’s basically a ticket for people to never buy from them again.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 14:27.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        They could sell OnLive vouchers just like music stores sell iPods and iTunes vouchers, although thanks to iPod’s dominance they had little choice in the matter.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 17:16.
  3. hol
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Interesting times ahead then?

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:04.
  4. Blayney
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    Sounds a long time and a whole load more people before that’ll be ready.

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:06.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      yes, it sounds like early days. On the other hand, it’ll have to be PC architecture so could theoretically be turned around reasonably quickly.

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:12.
      • TheShepanator
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        And also hacked pretty easily, like the original Xbox. Although with it being valve I’d expect it to be pretty open anyway.

        Comment posted on 14/04/2012 at 12:16.
  5. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Bring it on

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:12.
  6. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    If they manage to stuff it all in an Alienware X51-esque case or anything that I would be able to set up next to my living room TV like any other console (size wise) and price it under 500€ I’ll definitely get it. I’d sell my current gaming tower (too big to fit next to the livingroom TV) and replace it with whatever Valve throws at me.

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:18.
    • TheDemocrodile
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      i`d be up for that but only if your existing Steam Account is carried over, like hell am i buying over 117 games all over again.

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 18:01.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I think that’s a given.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 19:01.
  7. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    I don’t really know a lot about steam but I understand that it’s a PC/Mac application for computers. Is that right? And if so, why would they need to make a console?

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:20.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      to put it on people’s TVs and make huge piles of money.

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:40.
      • Gamoc
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Not to mention making it more accessible, standardising PC hardware so devs have a decent machine to aim their games’ requirements at, and what will end up being an amazing product for the consumer, too.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:42.
      • Jas-n
        Since: Aug 2008

        But my PC is already connected to my TV ;)

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 13:17.
      • Gamoc
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Mine is connected to my TV too.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 13:35.
  8. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    One of the positions they’re looking to fill is psychologist.

    What?

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:41.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Awesome, where do i apply?? ;)

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 10:57.
      • bmg_123
        Member
        Since: Feb 2012

        If you were a true psychologist, you would’ve inferred that from the text…

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 11:17.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Ah, but games psychology is a totally different beast.

        I mean, i have never even heard of it before today! ;)

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 11:46.
  9. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    This could go either way in my opinion. Just wondering who it would appeal to, since people are already invested heavily in Playstation/Xbox/Nintendo and wouldn’t want to leave that behind, and the PC guys would probably want the best, rather than a standardized platform, or at least, the graphics junkies would.
    Depending on their approach, I would consider getting one, but would also probably be drawn away by current style platform exclusives for the next gen consoles.

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 11:20.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I think it’s appealing to console gamers who might like to dip into PC gaming without leaving their comfort zone, casual gamers (if priced right) and people like me who just hope that the Valve Box will be small enough to not stand out like a sore thumb next to their living room TV… :D

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 11:33.
      • uncleniccius
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        Might they make Valve games exclusive to PC? (and that platform). If they did, it could do well.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 13:22.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I bet it will take valve years to release a game for their system due to Valve time. ;)

    This is interesting, i can see why Valve would release a console but it could annoy MS and thus result in any MS studio games getting pulled from Steam. However, if they use Steam’s pricing structure, i can see it succeeding. Oh and Half Life 3 would probably be a launch title with a lot of game that have 3 in the title. ;)

    But i hope it’s not going to be a streaming service as the UK is not ready for it.

    I wonder if they would try to make sure that games before a certain date will be able to run on the Steam box? As that would help to draw in more customers.

    Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 11:35.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Why would Microsoft be annoyed? As long as Valve’s creation runs some kind of Windows MS will get paid. I can’t imagine they are opting for a custom OS out of fear of backwards compatibility problems.

      Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 12:18.
      • Burgess_101
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        Valve could easily make their own OS I remember reading a while back they already have people porting games over to Linux so that seems more likely than Windows.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 15:03.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I really can’t imagine they’d go that far. The number of games you would not be able to provide to people would be just too high. Porting the better half of the Steam library? Not even Valve can pull that off.

        Comment posted on 13/04/2012 at 19:04.

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