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Valve has posted a job ad asking for applicants for an Electronics Engineer position, suggesting once again that the company is looking to branch out into hardware. The good news is that it seems Valve isn't going to be making simple mice and keyboards.

"For years, Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we’re developing hardware to enhance those experiences, and you can be a key part of making that happen," reads the ad. "Join our highly motivated team that’s doing hardware design, prototyping, testing, and production across a wide range of platforms. We’re not talking about me-too mice and gamepads here – help us invent whole new gaming experiences."

A list of required and recommended applicant skills are below.


Hands on prototyping experience
Lab and measurement skills
System level design experience
Knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers
Experience with high speed serial interfaces
Experience with schematic entry
Experience with circuit simulation
Four years relevant experience


Board layout (analog and high speed digital)
Hardware Definition Languages (HDL) for FPGA and chip design
Power supply management
Thermal management
Design for test
Low frequency analog
RF and antennas
Signal integrity analysis
ARM / X86 system design
Manufacturing pilot runs
Failure analysis
FCC/CE/UL certification Analysis

While this doesn't confirm the rumoured Steam box PC, it does make the idea seem a lot more plausible.

Via Engadget

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dudester's Avatar


forget half life give me more l4d :D
Posted 13:33 on 13 April 2012
enviro-bear's Avatar


Half-Life 3 as a launch title. This is why they waited.
Posted 13:21 on 13 April 2012
dudester's Avatar


They have the steam cloud so that could work! cloud football manager yes please!
Posted 11:27 on 13 April 2012
Endless's Avatar

Endless@ dudester

My money is on a streaming box like OnLive, the entire Steam catalog, streamed. I'd be way more interested in that than OnLive.
Posted 11:21 on 13 April 2012
dudester's Avatar


Would love a steam box for when I replace this pc :D
Posted 11:01 on 13 April 2012
Woffls's Avatar


I thought the latest Valve rumours were vitality sensor-esque? Probably that or a Valve Box, which will blatantly be called a Valve Power Generator or something because they really just name things after what you see on an average play of Half Life 1.
Posted 10:40 on 13 April 2012
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CheekyLee@ munkee

I could work for Valve. I am expertly qualified to hit things with crowbars.
Posted 10:13 on 13 April 2012
munkee's Avatar


Look at those specified skill requirements! Electronics geek required. Not me Valve, not me..

I wonder what kind of device they come up with. I'm guessing we'll have to plug it into our Cerebral Cortex to play it.
Posted 09:46 on 13 April 2012
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