A job listing for an industrial designer on the Valve Software careers page seems to confirm the company's intention to develop its own hardware
According to the job posting, Valve is currently "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space" and wants to "jump in" with its own rival platform.
The posting goes into even more detail, suggesting that input methods themselves are also in the crosshairs for future development.
"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," reads the job advert.
It certainly sounds like the Valve team are planning to shake things up. The job posting appeared in the same week Valve's Steam service was due to start selling non-game software.
Rumours of a "Steam Box" - a console connected to Steam that you can play through the TV via a USB controller have been circulating for some time, although Valve has previously denied this is the case.
Words: Bertan Budak