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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I love to go down to the schoolyard and watch all the little children jump up and down and run around yelling and screaming because they don't know I'm only using blanks." -Emo Phillips
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.