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Valve working on hardware?

A job advertised on the Valve website could suggest the firm is working on a hardware development.

Valve Corproation, the famed developer of the Half-Life, Portal and Left 4 Dead, may have revealed that it is working on a piece of hardware through a job listing on the company's website.

Although the firms vice president of marketing Doug Lombardi quashed the rumours of a 'Steam Box' at this year's Game Developers Conference in March, a job advert for an electronics engineer seems to suggest otherwise.

The position announces that "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".

It goes on to explain that candidates will join a "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."

They are looking for someone with experience with circuit simulation, high speed serial interfaces and schematic entry as well as prototyping skills and an understanding of power supply management.

While there is no official announcement for any hardware, this advert suggests there is some activity going on behind-the-scenes.

In the past Valve has spoken about implementing biometric measurements to improve the gaming experience and the company also patented a modular controller that has removable components. Both suggestions could point to the direction that the organisation is taking.

The company's boss Gabe Newell said to the website The Verge in the past that his firm will join the hardware market if it has to.

Although no solid conclusions can be made on these clues, Valve fans will no doubt be pontificating on what the organisation has in store.

Mr Newell's firm first made a name for itself when the ground-breaking first-person-shooter Half-Life was released in 1998.

He went on to release one of the world's most well-known and successful social-distribution networks Steam and developed the Source video game engine, which has been used for all titles the company has released since 2004's Half-Life 2.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801339824-ADNFCR