OK, we've heard this before. Valve
's thinking of getting into the hardware arena. This time, they have a job opening
for an industrial designer with this in the description:
"Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in. 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."
So what do they have in mind? Intriguing indeed. Would they be jumping into producing some peripherals to support the PC realm? Would they be coming out with their own? Who knows, but I bet it's taking time away from finishing Half-Life 3.