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Valve working on hardware to "invent whole new gaming experiences"

Another job advert suggests Valve may be designing a 'Steam Box'

Valve is seeking an electronics engineer to work on hardware, rekindling speculation that the Half-Life, Portal and Team Fortress 2 dev might be working on its own console.

According to a job ad on the company's official recruitment page, it's looking for someone to help develop hardware intended to "enhance" the gameplay experiences it provides.

"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," reads the post.


"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."

The successful candidate will "work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware." Although the natural assumption is that Valve's working on some sort of peripheral, the requirements for "System level design experience" and familiarity with the "ARM / X86 system design" suggests it's putting together something a little more exciting.

Rumours of Valve's 'Steam Box' first circulated last month, when anonymous sources claimed Valve has been working on nailing down the hardware for a PC/console hybrid.

Valve's Doug Lombardi denied the rumours and claimed hardware in development at the company is being designed to test Steam's Big Picture Mode UI.