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Oddmaker 04-13-2012 03:52 AM

Is Valve really working on something hardware related?
 

Valve Software have posted a job offer for a new position to apply as a Electronics Engineer.

Quote:

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.

Duties:
Work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware.
You can see the job offer here.

Nominal 04-13-2012 06:05 AM

This is not HL: Episode 3. Why is this not HL: Episode 3, Valve? This should be HL: Episode 3, which I can probably afford, and am interested in. I can probably not afford, nor am I interested in, new gaming gadgets.

lockwoodx 04-13-2012 06:05 AM

http://i.imgur.com/M6q1g.jpg

sai tyrus 04-13-2012 06:05 AM

Very cool. Always interested in seeing what these guys come up with.

Zelos 04-13-2012 06:06 AM

It's just a matter of when really.

SaintBlitzkrieg 04-13-2012 06:08 AM

I am curious if they are the ones that are going to push the envelope forward in regards to digital distribution.

With Sony on the brink of economic collapse, and probably fading into the sunset with the Playstation brand, it would be wise for Steam to pursue this. They can easily become a major player in the console market. They only would have Xbox really to compete with.

PacerDawn 04-13-2012 06:37 AM

In the old days, when stuff wouldn't run thanks to different models and drivers and stuff, it was tough work to get stuff to even run in the first place. These days, thanks to all of the generic API's, though, PC gaming is a lot easier. I have only a handful of Steam games that I had to do a little extra footwork to get to run, and all of those were older titles. Newer titles pretty much run without issue on modern hardware.

They will probably restrict what is available based on what they can get working with the hardware, but I can see this working. I won't get it, though, I prefer the openness of a PC.

Lockwoodx, that cube needs a heart on at least one side.

lockwoodx 04-13-2012 06:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2111950)
Lockwoodx, that cube needs a heart on at least one side.

Na, that means someone could drive a stake through it.

sai tyrus 04-13-2012 06:48 AM

^lol. Ole' lock. Love ya you cheeky bastard!

lockwoodx 04-13-2012 06:56 AM

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yZkLyu_u1C...cv7no1_500.jpg

:D

ElektroDragon 04-13-2012 07:11 AM

Well that spilled the beans, didn't it?

This thing is going to fail. Why would anyone buy a Steam console? The main point of console games is the Achievement/Trophy systems.

A Steam console would have the same lame Steam achievement system with no metascore/level, but without all the benefits of a PC.

So why the hell would anyone buy it? I mean I can play PC games on my TV on my couch right now.

In fact, I just bought a 7870 card replacing my 4870x2 because it was too damn hot and loud to bear anymore.

mrbrick 04-13-2012 07:19 AM

I believe it.
Remember when Portal 2 was coming and Gabe was doing all kinds of interviews and keynotes? There was one where they pointed to some prototype intel chip that was a CPU and GPU all rolled into one. Gabe said he thought that was the future of gaming and that they even managed to get Portal 2 up and running on said intel chip.

I figured that Valve was toying with hardware ideas- or some kind of standardization. I think Valve is one of the few companies out there that could enter the hardware market at this stage in the game and do really well. They have a good reputation- lots of people already have steam and its trusted.

ldi222 04-13-2012 07:22 AM

If this is what gets my online gaming friends off of Xbox and onto PC then I'm all for it!

spdiscus 04-13-2012 07:25 AM

What do you guys want from a SteamBox?
- GB NIC
- Wireless N
- USB x4
- HDMI x1 (maybe 2)
- Optical Audio x1
- 4 CPU cores
- 8 GB RAM
- 2TB HDD

GPU wishes?

spdiscus 04-13-2012 07:26 AM

Heh. Gb NIC, not GB NIC.
(damn edit)

Jotoco 04-13-2012 07:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spdiscus (Post 2111986)
What do you guys want from a SteamBox?
- GB NIC
- Wireless N
- USB x4
- HDMI x1 (maybe 2)
- Optical Audio x1
- 4 CPU cores
- 8 GB RAM
- 2TB HDD

GPU wishes?


since my 4870 is still going strong I think any single card top dog should be more than enough for the next 5 years or so

lockwoodx 04-13-2012 07:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ldi222 (Post 2111984)
If this is what gets my online gaming friends off of Xbox and onto PC then I'm all for it!

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/.../01-CHEERS.jpg

ElektroDragon 04-13-2012 07:53 AM

Like I said in my post above, it's a stupid idea. No point to its existence whatsoever unless you don't own a PC at all. The only people who would buy it are MAC owners.

ElektroDragon 04-13-2012 07:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ldi222 (Post 2111984)
If this is what gets my online gaming friends off of Xbox and onto PC then I'm all for it!

But it never will, because Steam has crap for an Achievement system. No metascore/level.

Orphiuchus 04-13-2012 07:57 AM

You know, most people don't care about achievements as much as you do.

You can replace "most" with "sane", or "normal" if you like.


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