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Valve Confirms Hardware Plans

The Valve Job Postings Page has a listing for an Engineer Electronics Engineer that seems a pretty concrete confirmation of hot rumors that Valve is planning to develop hardware of some sort (thanks Engadget). Here's the introduction with the pertinent information speaking of "whole new gaming experiences.":

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.

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34. Re: Valve Confirms Hardware Plans Apr 13, 2012, 13:13 rist3903
 

I don't think a peripheral would make sense because hardware just isn't that profitable on its own, and it wouldn't strengthen Valve's core business.

The only way Valve can grow its revenue is by yadda yadda yadda.
Valve makes money hand over fist. I don't think that making money is their ultimate goal. If their goal was to make better games and their logic is that this peripheral would help them make better games, then that is what they will do. They have enough money to basically do whatever they want. They are privately owned and so are not beholden to shareholders.
 
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