There’s a job listing on Valve’s corporate webpage for an Industrial designer. Back in March Valve discounted and denied rumours that they would be developing any hardware for a Steam Console box. They stated their company is “a long way from Valve shipping out any sort of hardware.”
The listing for an industrial designer says “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.”
It continues stating they are more interested in filling the void created by the lack of development in basic input. They say “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.”
We can only hope they continue with they past successes and build something that will impact gaming as much as the Steam platform has in the past.