For better or worse, Valve has officially decided to jump into the PC hardware business. We know as much because a job listing on Valve's website in search for an Industrial Designer spells it out in no uncertain terms, though details of the hardware project remain a secret. All we know for sure is that Valve is "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space," and to rectify that, the software developer is "jumping in."
"Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven't really changed in any meaningful way over the years," Valve explains in its job posting. "There's a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked."
It sounds as though Valve is looking for a qualified individual to take the bull by the horns and crash the PC party, and perhaps trample the console community in the process. It wasn't that long ago when word got out about a so-called Steam Box device, essentially a PC console with high end specs. Valve downplayed the rumor, though Gabe Newell made it clear that his company is willing to sell hardware.
In fact, Valve's interest in hardware has been an ongoing thing this year. In April, it came to light that Vavle was looking to hire hardware designers to perfect a "wearable computing" prototype.
Adding a layer of intrigue to all this is the fact that Newell is vehemently opposed to Windows 8. Newell fears the walled garden approach Microsoft is taking with its next generation operating system, calling the platform a "catasrophe for everyone in the PC space." As such, Valve has been hedging its bets on Linux by developing a Steam port to the open source platform, once that could easily end up in a Steam Box.