Valve's hardware beta tests to start in 2013, targeting living room comfort

House of Half-Life working on control solutions for Steam

A Valve developer has revealed that the firm is already testing its first hardware prototypes and plans to host public beta tests next year.


Valve's Jeri Ellsworth was cagey with details, but told Engadget that the goal of the firm's mystery hardware developments was, "to make Steam games more fun to play in your living room."

Along with the recently released Big Picture mode, according to Engadget, Valve is working on hardware to overcome the inconveniences and barriers posed by those who just don't want to use mouse and keyboard controls in the living room.

Ellsworth went on to confirm that a number of prototypes are already in testing at Valve, and that the team is planning a beta for its first product next year - by which time she says we'll know much more.

In a recent job listing for its new hardware development team, Valve declared its "frustration" at "the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space", and that it was "jumping in" to do something about it.

"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," read the listing.

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