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Valve Recruiting Electronics Engineer for Developing Homegrown Hardware

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  1. btarunr

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    It's no news that Valve is working on its own gaming hardware platform so far referred to as Steambox, but its talk has been mostly based on rumors and anecdotal information. The Steambox theory, and the theory that Valve is working on hardware, got cemented by a new job vacancy posted by Valve, which calls for experienced electronics engineers. The posting reads "For years Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences."

    The skillset asked for in the posting fills a lot of holes in the Steambox theory. It requires engineers to be proficient with prototyping, system-level design, embedded systems, high-speed serial interfaces, circuit simulation, etc., with a much more juicy "recommended" skillset requirement covering areas such as board layout, ARM/x86 system design, power/thermal management, RF and antennas, etc., basically everything a company out to design a game console would seek in its new engineers. Find the posting here, under "Electronics Engineer."

    Source: Engadget
     
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    Oh Valve
     
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    Actually they are quite clever. It's a gap between strict consoles and strict PC's. A part no one really controls.
     
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    Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi somewhat denied those rumors. But he said it in a sneaky way :).
     
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    I always wanted to work on a gaming console. But I'm not planning to leave mixed signal silicon design for now.
     
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    ARM!?! That is very, very curious for many, many reasons.
     
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    They don't need a "Steambox" they need something portable like a "Steambook"!
    I would be darn interested in such project but I have to hang around the internet instead :p

    Not sure if a "classical" console part would be "new" enough to gather enough attention...
    And the most advanced feature of Steam is its PORTALbility - you own your "console-titles" on PC at the same time...that would rock...
     
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    mwahaha currently doing a degree for electronic and computer engineering :D
     
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    Dorset where else eh?
    some of the reasons being ?
    windows on ARM Devices
    mobile phones run on ARM chips
    Android Tablets run on ARM chips
    all of the above are / will be gameing platforms
    Looks like Steam want to make their "new System" cross (multi) platform Compatable probably as a way of future proofing the hardware and to ensure they capture as big a share of the gameing market as possable after release

    Bring this sort of consol to the market along with ipad/iphone app (dont sue me for useing the Iwords please apple) and release a android app and basicly you have full market coverage!

    I wonder if any ARM design they come up with will have socketed cpu rather than a embedded cpu that would be great for Console hardware upgrades + make the graphics upgradeable as well
     
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    I just hope all the steam won't turn into vapor(ware)...
     
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    Why not make it slim? An Ultrasteambook.
     
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    you don't need to be an electronics engineer to put together a pc! :roll: :slap: :pimp:
     
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    But you need to be one for designing a console. Assembling and system design are different.
     
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    you missed my joke.
     
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    ^ lol

    this is interesting news indeed.
     
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    HL3 :rockout:
     
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    I was under the impression that most ARM solutions were SOC, so I doubt upgradeable GPU's are going to happen.
     
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    and I always wanted to do the (embedded) software part, so let's team-up... :toast:
     
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    Hmmm... would their launch title b HL3? If so, :respect:
     
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    who knows...I could work for Steam. :nutkick:
     
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    i would imagine it would be very similar to what onlive does. onlive hardware does not have to be very powerful since it basically streams the game info to the home.
     
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    i admit i'm curious how this turns out.
     
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    You mean Valve.
     

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