Valve May Be Looking to Develop Their Own Gaming Hardware


The Half-Life developer doesn’t shy away from revolutionizing the industry by trying something new. Valve president Game Newell says he may be thinking about getting piece of the hardware market as well.

“We’re thinking of trying to figure out how to do the equivalent of the incremental approach in software design and try to figure out how would you get something similar to that in the hardware space as well,” Newell tells Penny Arcade.

He went on to criticize the current way hardware is released and claimed it to be too inflexible.

“The sort of old method of, you know, let’s go make a giant pile of inventory and hope that some set of applications emerge to justify this giant hardware investment doesn’t seem to be very consistent with what we’ve seen to be the fastest ways to move stuff forward,” he said.

“So we’re trying to come up with an alternative to that that gives us the ability to iterate more rapidly.”

Newell even goes as far to say “if we have to sell hardware we will” which shows how series these claims are at the moment.

“We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do.

“It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that.

“We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do.”

In the interview he also revealed that Valve staff “mock stuff up in our hardware labs”.

This would be an interesting step for the software company and more then likely would change the entire industry if they went through with it. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these claims will become a reality.


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