Steam console: Job posting points to next gen Xbox rival
We heard rumours about a Steam console from Valve, the maker of Half-Life and Portal games, earlier this year, and now they’re back with a bang. The US game developer has posted a new job listing that clearly indicates it wants to create a whole new type of gaming PC.
In a job posting for an industrial designer posted this week, Valve drops a bombshell. “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.”
That meshes nicely with previous reports of a Steam console, as well as the revelation that Valve is working on a wearable computer. Last month, Valve showed off how fast it could run new games on the open source Linux operating system, perhaps indicating it wants to cut MIcrosoft’s expensive Windows out of the equation.
It’s hard to make money off hardware, so why would Valve want to make a console? Valve also runs Steam, one of the most popular PC game download services on the planet: a Steam console that can only download games from there could make a lot of cash for the company if it took off.
There’s plenty it could do, too. Today’s PCs are vastly more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3, but as the posting states, “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.” If anyone can exploit that, it’s the clever cats at Valve.
What do you reckon? Is Valve aiming too high? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.