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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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50. Re: Valve Confirms Hardware Plans Apr 13, 2012, 16:13 CJ_Parker
 
Verno wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 13:33:
No way. Research, development and design of a barebone PC would cost lots of money for very little return since selling PCs has become a very low margin business.

They might try to follow the console model and just lose money on the hardware while making it up on the software.

Make it up on the software how? Valve can't collect a $10 fee for PC games from the publishers like MS and Sony are doing it for their closed Xbox and Playstation systems. Make it up on the software how in a very competitive environment with other digital download services? Make it up on the software how if it is the publishers who dictate the prices of their games and not Valve?
Maybe by charging for some of their own software? For what? For Steam itself? OK. Bye Valve. Hello Origin, GOG, GamersGate, Direct2Drive, Green Man Gaming and so on...

Nah. Seriously. No way. There is absolutely no way they are doing a Steambox PC. Why the hell would they do that anyway? To spread Steam to more PCs worldwide? It would be much easier to invest serious money into ad campaigns or to bribe some publishers to do more Steam-exclusive stuff or to call up Dell or HP or Acer and pay them some cash to ship every PC with Steam pre-installed. There is zero reason for Valve to become a (HT)PC builder with the low margins in that area of business and the ever growing popularity of gaming capable mobile computers and tablets. It would be outright retarded of them to even try to enter the hardware (HT)PC market.

If whatever it is they are hiring for is a box/platform then it's Valve's games-as-a-service streaming solution or if it isn't then it's some gaming peripheral as others have pointed out.
But it ain't a PC or a console - never ever.

 
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