Valve have put up a job advert for a Principal Industrial Designer, and in doing so have pretty much confirmed that the company is moving into hardware.
“We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in. Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.”
The position will also require the individual who gets the job to have expertise in product design and manufacturing, as well as 6+ plus years in shipping consumer electronics products. It’s unclear what kind of hardware Valve will be looking to create though; anything from a full blown console to peripherals like controllers could be on that list.