Valve Looking for Electrical Engineers to Help with "Hardware Design"

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News Posted: Fri, Apr 13 2012 11:04 AM
Okay, so Valve isn't building a 'Steam Box' game console as was previously rumored to be the case. Valve's marketing director Doug Lombardi pretty much shot the notion down, though he left the rumor on life support by not dismissing the idea outright, saying only that Valve is a "long way from...shipping any sort of hardware." Fine, that's fair enough. But Valve is definitely up to something. A new job posting seeking electrical engineers does more than hint that Valve is looking at building some type of hardware, it flat out confirms it.

"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," Valve explains in a job posting. "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."

Exactly what type of hardware Valve wants to build isn't clear, and perhaps Valve doesn't even know. However, the company did say that the job involves "work[ing] with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware," an open-ended description that rules out nothing.
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3vi1 replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 1:38 PM

Hmmm... Gabe Newell recently asked Michael over at Phoronix if he could put him in touch with a good Linux graphics programmer too...

So, let me be the first to propose the completely untrue rumor that Valve is building a Linux-based console to compete with the PS4 and XB720! It will have an AMD-based six+ core CPU, AMD GPU w/1GB of video RAM, 1GB of system RAM, internet connectivity, and its own customized Steam store. Also, it will be totally green, as it runs solely on unicorn poo.

Sadly, it will be scrapped 6 months into development when the designers realize that attaching Linux to an AMD GPU is like chaining a Ferrari to a tree.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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timaeus replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 2:06 PM

About time someone taps into the powers of unicorn poo!

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eunoia replied on Fri, Apr 13 2012 6:22 PM



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pwrntspd replied on Sat, Apr 14 2012 3:44 AM

Perfect! Im a graduating EE and im looking for a job...

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