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More on Valve's Hardware Plans

A listing for an Industrial Designer position on the Valve Corporation Job Postings Page has a very interesting description that expresses Valve's frustration with the progress of hardware development and offers more on their plans to address this (thanks Computer and Video Games). Here's word:

Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. 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.

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6. Re: More on Valve's Hardware Plans Sep 4, 2012, 11:06 Hyatus
 
I'm curious to see what Valve comes up with.
I don't think there's much you can change in regards to 'basic input'. The keyboard is a great invention. Just because it hasn't changed doesn't mean it should. The mouse could use a little overhaul. They could maybe add a trackball on top instead of a scroll wheel. That would be the one thing I would change and I'm sure someone has tried that already.

In any case, I don't feel a void when it comes to new hardware for gaming. Game consoles have been trying new interactive devices for the last system incarnations and they've failed. I have yet to try a motion control system that felt flawless and honestly, necessary.

I believe we've come to a great point in PC gaming where the video card is the only thing you need to add to a system to make it worth it. If anything, the software needs to be better and more compelling.
 
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