Rumours that Valve are working on a set top box/living room PC reached fever pitch today with the discovery of a job listing that, quite literally, states that the software company will be "jumping in" to the "computer hardware space."
"Valve is traditionally a software company," reads the titillating job description for an Industrial Designer on their work postings page. "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. 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."
Valve has repeatedly squashed rumours suggesting that they're working on a Steam-powered set top box (or 'Steam Box'), but this latest development is rather suggestive to say the least. However, it's worth noting that the job ad could potentially be related to Valve's wearable computing research instead. Time will tell.