Valve Hires Hardware Design Expert for R&D LabsAnd yet more evidence for the 'Valve Box' emerges. Sure, the company claims it isn't making its own console. But they are making hardware of some kind.
Valve, the company behind many, many hit video games and the dominating PC game market software/social network Steam has revealed that it is hiring a hardware design engineer for its R&D department. They are doing something, they just don't seem to be anxious to tell us what it is.
The job is seeking an electronics engineer who is familiar with X86 and ARM processors and has prototyping experience. But beyond that, we have no clue what they are doing. Valve has said it has no immediate plans for a Valve Box. And yet sources have told The Verge that Valve is working on both hardware and a hardware specification. And not only that, this is the exact type of person that you would want if you were going to aim for a device that will run your digital distribution system flawlessly.
Oh course, the easy solution is that Valve is looking for someone to build them a Windows 8 tablet so that they can test how well the service works. But this job seems to be overkill for such a simple task. If that was the goal, why not buy a bunch of the developer tablets that Microsoft gave out a year or so ago?
Whatever Valve is up to, you know we'll be keeping a close eye on it. Valve makes incredible games and believes strongly in the open internet and computer gaming. A project with them behind it could make PC gaming competitive with consoles for the first time in a decade.