I believe this quote says it all really.
Valve is traditionally a software company. 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.
This quote comes from an industrial design position the company has open on their job posting section of their website. The post continues with…
Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years,” it says. “There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.
Speculation has been running rampant for months pertaining to Valve jumping in the hardware race, and now that it is indeed confirmed the question on everyone’s mind is, exactly what Valve have planned. It’s very true that hardware hasn’t changed much in the last three decades. Sure computers have become more and more powerful, but outside that everything else has remained largely the same.
So what do you guys think of this? Will Valve create the next huge innovation in hardware, or do you think only a few interesting gadgets will come from this?