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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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68. Re: Valve Confirms Hardware Plans Apr 13, 2012, 19:19 Dev
 
So anyway, here's the product he says in that link he's working on "wearable computing"
But, he says that "this is R&D – it doesn’t in any way involve a product at this point, and won’t for a long while, if ever"

However, this is where all the hiring positions (from the job postings link in blue's blurg) come in, for the wearable computing bit:
we need more smart people. Lots more smart people. Hardware people, software people, firmware people, game people, UI people, just plain great programmers and problem solvers, industrial designers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, systems programmers, computer vision people, optics engineers, you name it.
So all those positions are more likely to be for the wearable computing in the far future, not any steam box/console.

And finally, I don't think they have any business people advising them on TF2 or even steam, they are just experimenting (as Gabe has said before), given that he says "And if you’re a first-class economist, please check us out. You’ll have a sandbox with 40 million users, and I promise you’ll never be bored."
That would explain things such as why they've failed to capitalize on the portal 2 store. Its just not interesting enough to them compared to TF2, and no one is advising them on how to make money with it.

This comment was edited on Apr 13, 2012, 19:25.
 
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