Valve's hardware division is fairly new, but the people staffing it are old hands indeed. Longtime inventor and section head Jeri Ellsworth has said of the division that its immediate aim is to work with the new Big Picture Mode to "make Steam games more fun to play in your living room".
There's already internal beta testing going on, and Ellsworth hopes that Valve first product will be ready for a public beta within the next year.
According to Engadget, Ellsworth told them that "the challenge is making games that require a mouse and keyboard palatable to people who are used to a controller, or to people who just don't want to migrate PC controls to the comfort of their living room", noting that Valve already has a production structure in place for small runs of prototypes.
As for some of the images that have been circulating, Ellsworth advised that interested parties not much too much stock in glimpses of prototype tech. "On any given day you could snap a photo of my office and find a variety of prototypes laying around," she said.
There are exciting times ahead.