Valve doesn’t like the fact that the basic input of a PC, the keyboard and mouse, hasn’t changed in any significant way for many years, and is apparently frustrated by the lack of innovation in PC hardware. Because of this, the software company is hiring hardware development specialists for a new hardware project.

Perhaps Valve is not necessarily creating a new console, but may be developing a new controller for PC. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, whose chief video game controllers remain largely unchanged, from the NES to Wii U, each Nintendo console’s main controller is distinctive. Because Wii U offers consumers different controllers to play with, perhaps Valve should consider Nintendo’s forthcoming console as a primary recipient of its games and services.

“Valve is traditionally a software company. 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.”

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      *sigh* remember when gaming actually progressed and got interesting? Now its just Nintendo and everyone else acting retarded, believe 2 analogs, 4 buttons and some triggers is enough. Its funny, because prople though 1 dpad and 2 buttons was enough…

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      • Nintendo is not acting retarded, but the 3rd party developing games for the Wii who HAS to use the Wii mote in every single game, even when it doesn’t make sence.

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        • No, i didnt mean Nintendo were being retarded, i meant tey were the only ones progressing in every aspect, including the controller, while everyone while is just like “hurrmurr, graphics nuurrrrr”

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          • Oh, I missread it xD I thought so after posting, but I could not be sure as many honestly thinks Nintendo are the worst ones. But I agree completly then. But I hate when third party missuse the Wii mote and that’s prob the biggest trollfeeder of all times :S

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            • Yeah. Im looking forward to seeing how developers handle the WiiU, because theres such a wide variety of controller variations, we could have something build with the gamepad in mind, or get that high quality graphics wiiu game that we wish we got with the Wii. I still think the prop controller needs a gyro in it…its such a simple cheap easy idea, but opens up gaming opertunites for those of us who are a little more…dull

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              • i cant see how some developers cant make use of the wiimote, nintendo made perfect used of the wiimote in almost all genre and it didnt feel gimmicky like in racing(mariokart),shooters(metroid series),platformers(mario galaxies)Adventures(Zelda) cant they take idea from them?? oh well I guess some developers arnt as innovated..

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      • I’d be mostly sold if I could play some of my Steam games from it. Though developers would have to make ported versions of their games and would likely stick with the Pro controller(since it wouldn’t take much remapping).

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    • I love how they claim pc is lacking innovations while they relese digraceful pc leftover ports to the console kiddies. Yeah because making the most perentage of your gross income from pc and mobile gamings is slacking lol. With shitendos draconion standards youd need to sell x amount before you make half a buck which is actually a loss due to many factors including sales of used games and fuckig bastards nottrying to help the very same designers thatmake games for these losers money. Oh no dlc is expensive but well gladly buy usd gaming and stife the poo guy who made the game smh amd these guy complain who console games are stagnantly and why developers hate making games for shitendo. Pc will eventually destroy and for e rape all 3 into software making for them mark my words. They use to say consoles would never sale digital or go online or be anything but a video game system lol how times gone now everything they predicted was WRONG. Heck pc analysit were correct all along. And their last prediction is the death of consoles and handheld gaming. You may noy see the signs blindboys but its coming ouya anyone. When the ouyas successful and it will be you start seeing mobile gamng quickly start evolving muahahahhahahhabahhahaha cant wait for nitedo to make games for my iphione so that i may laugh and spit on their fucking names

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  1. My main beef with the keyboard/mouse is that while aiming is super accurate, youre severely limited by using a directional pad (W,A,D) to move. The solution is not a traditional gamepad, either.

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  2. While I see where they’re coming from, I enjoy Portal 2 equally on the PS3 and PC in terms of controls. Whenever a new type of controller is introduced (Wii, DS etc) there are some companies who produce games which just do not work when they try to adapt the new scheme… Hopefully Valve will be able to cater to a wide variety, from keyboard/mouse to conventional controllers and everything in between.

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  3. I think they would not be able to beat Sony and Nintendo on the market, but they would sure as hell kick Microsoft out (embrace yourself, x-box fanboys will unite). Let me explain this statement before ripping my body apart. I don’t hate the X-box, but Valve would offer strictly better exclusives than the x-box would and if Valve would enter the frey all of their games would not come for the x-box and it would be left with nothing but FPS games. Even those the Valve system would have better support for. Sony and Nintendo would not suffer from this as both gets great non-fps exclusives that are the pinnacle of their genre.

    But now back to what I wanted to say: I really hope that Valve is not going to release a system this forcoming gen as it is already to many systems for the market to handel. I hope that as Sickr say they are eighter going to develop a new PC controller, or as in the dream scenary: They are going to show some love for Nintendo. If Nintendo was given Valves support it would wipe the smug smiles of all the haters faces about “bad support”. I can see them as a competor in the next-next gen, but not in the current one as there is no “need” for a new system in it.

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  4. I don’t think this means making a console specifically, but rather, making hardware for PC to change things up on their own way. Making a new console is not as simple as coming up with a design. Even companies as experienced as Nintendo, they spend billions of dollars to come up with the base design and then convert that into a final product. Valve is fairly big, but I don’t think they’re big enough for such a thing, at least not on the level of something like a home console like the Wii U and the other next systems.

    They could get into a partnership with other companies, but the likely candidate I see right now is Apple, and Apple’s way of doing things is not really Valve’s way of doing things, specially since Apple is a “patent troll” (as Nintendo calls it) where Valve is about open development. Just look at how Apple sued Samsung over the rectangular shape of their phones.

    If anything, they will try to make a custom PC to ease up optimization of some games or something like that.

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  5. I think that they are going to make a wii U like controller, but instead it would be a cross between the smartglass and wii u tablet with buttons and touch screen function from wii U, and social pc interactivity from the smartglass, so they may make a gaming tablet. Or just a straight up xbox 360 controller for pc would be excellent!!!

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      • How is it “insanely” flawed? I know the the dpad is terrible, its the only dpad that decides to move bottum right when your trying to move up, but that’s not much of an issue since most games use the analog sticks to move. Its basically the saame as a ps controller, or a gamecube contoller.

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        • Ahem….

          The triggers have to much delay to really work effectively, the bumpers are flimsey and lose their click fast, the face button get stuck often, the analogs are too slidey, and precision is bare impossible, and yes, that dpad

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      • eh, the 360 controller is fine bar the D-Pad.

        I think the only reason Sony sticks with their controller design is because it’s pretty much universally liked whereas every Nintendo controller seems to have it’s share of fans and haters. Maybe they’ll change it eventually, though I doubt they’d do it anytime soon

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    • hi there yes the tablet controler will help out a lot like games bat man for wii u zombi u mario u zelda for wii u nintendo land for wii u and will help you out when there is a zombi and says too update your scanner

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  6. the qwerty keyboard and mouse havnt been replaced/up graded LOL so whaTS A WIIMOTE AND A NUNCHUCK VALVE SHUT UP WITH THE FAKE CORE NONSENSE TYPICAL INDUSTRY DUMB

    what you really mean is sony and ms likely to bow out so we can build a valve braned console pc with some court room hack job keypad and some kinda fast mouse declare its CORE becasuse you say so and get sales as nintendos wiiu is unchalenged lol valve

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  7. nintendo been upgrading the controls since the beginning of time valve are full of it ,,,,they see a gap coming in the market with Sony near bankrupt and ms sodomizing there game division all the time and think hell we shall market it as HARDCORE TO THE MAX MOTHER F&&KER CONSOLE PC talk a load of crap do what nintendos already doing then fart sniff it enjoy its smell then sniff each others farts enjoy that to and watch IDIOTS buy it because they think doing so IS HARDCORE GAMING lol @ that crap

    lets watch valve do a stylus and touch pad control claim it a innovation then lets all watch hardcore guy use and confirm that its SOOOOOO CORE thden put are hands up wait for the yes you sir whats your question and simply aske BUT WEN NINTENDO DID THIS ON DS YOU SAID IT WAS CASUAL AND WHEN NINTENDO DID THIS WITH Wii YOU AGIAN SAID IT WAS CASUAL your making a pick up and play mouse system that nintendo already did so because it has vavle on the box its NOW SUDDENLY HARDCORE

    i can see this unfolding exactly like this the industry is full of clowns

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  8. This will blow the wii u out of the water , lol the wii U is a joke of a console and is only directed to soccer moms and kids …Nintendo arent releasing a NEXT GEN console cause their a bunch of fat liers , Btw the UNation is a fat virgin that sits on his fat ass and plays kiddy nintendo shit and eats up every mistake nintendo does cause hes a nintendo dick rider.

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    • yes we all know you have issues with nintendo winning the console war and have to mouth off to somehow try and stop what you already know has happened

      isnt it funny wii made more cash than ps1 ps2 and psp combined 3/4/5 times over and ps3 lost more cash than ps1 ps2 ps3 and psp ever made again many times over isnt it funny every self proclaimed core gamer (really ms or sony fanbitch) claims to be core and nintendo doomed and that nintendo is kiddy casual or whatever else they make up in there fanbitch wisdom

      funny these very people enjoy d-pads and analog sticks and rumble pads and shoulder buttons yet claim nintendo is dumb casual kiddy doesnt know what its doing

      YET THEY STILL GAME ON NINTENDOS CONTROLLER INNOVATIONS THAT WOULDNT EVEN EXIST WITH OUT THEM AND EVERY TIME THEY HACK A SYSTEM ITS NINTENDOS GAMES THEY PLAY ON THEM COULDN’T MAKE UP THESE CLOWNS

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  9. the wiiu isnt next gen,,, oh ok il cancel my pre order then, some anti nintendo industry dudes plastered the net with anti nintendo propaganda and some fanboys lapped it up aeolus being one of them ,so it must be true and i as a informed gamer from 1980 and a massive cash maker in nintendo shares should heed these HARDCORE informed wornings and wait for ps4 and its 19996 control pad the daulshock OK WHAT EVER U SAY LOL

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  10. i bet aeolus thinks the wii remote and chuck and the gamepad are gimmics and the pro pad is core dont giggle when his around its unfare L-TLF-F-F-O-L

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    • Wii Remote was only a gimmick and didnt revolutionize anything ..everyone still preferred the button controllers and the wii u game pad will end up the same way

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      • a gimmic so a mouse pointer thats 1mm presice and allows point mouse controls is a GIMMIC ok so you clearly play FPS with twin analogs u just admitted this fact indirectly in your post so you scoll a fps as if its a web page and as you camera control it moves robotically and in blocky jolts as if its robocops head and when you aim you have to keep scolling the analog stick across the screen like a smartphone user on the internet

        instead of point and aim in real time with a realistic 3 dimintional camera and a natural fps mouse like aim

        yes of course it was a gimmic IDIOT

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  11. let me get tisi str8 in my head wii motion plus is 1600 degrees per second lag free motion controls and can mimick any golf club in a golfers bag. and any real time physics of the human hand etc,,,combined with a mouse pointer and rumble and sound feed back ITS A GIMMICK lol keep telling yourself these outrageous things as you software assist your QUICK SCOPE in COD AUTOAIM = CASUAL = TWIN ANALOGS

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  12. core gamers use mouse CASUAL GAMERS use twin analog sticks

    definition of mouse>>>> PC mouse// wii remote/ lag free single touch touch screens DS DSi 3DS wii WIIU

    walks away whistling

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  13. A software company releasing a control is amazing!
    Not only would you have more affordable pricing for consumers (the price of a controller > entire console), if the control is well designed it would allow for many unique ways to play games. with a popular company like steam, i think its a brilliant move!

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  14. Hi, I really believe what you said, PC gaming doesnt have advanced much in gamepads and conecting the tv 40´ to the pc. For me is obvius they (Valve) are going to make that revolution.

    After all right now the present console gen (xbox 360 and Play 3) are a problem: they dont have actualizated hardware and that means lees quality graphs, less big story, less cuality gameplay, interaction with the world, phisics and AI.
    And since PC lacks generalization of controls ( and good ones with vibration and movility for car games) and easy installation of them (that can be solved with good software and good gamepads), also the use of TV instead of the pc monitor is not common and much people can think is dificult or doesnt know that much GPU have that options or configurating it. And finally the fact that people still thinks PC gaming is expensive, because theres not much info htat explain you that if you want you can have for 200 dolars a decent GPU that with a normal pc can give you like 4 or 5 years of gaming in differents graphics settings (more with the actual games that doesnt push much, lot of them have a 260 gtx as recomended lol), and the fact that installing or make your CPU choice is easy and can be more easy with guides of what to buy or ready to play for different types of budgets.
    So since many plataform players dont go to pc or have boths because the product doesnt include them in some really necesary features (i still have the trauma of jump in a action/adventure game with keyboard) the developers still need to create plataforms games (im talking of XBOX 360 and Play 3) games cant inovate much (because make for example awesome dinamics with the enviroment in a relative moderate graphics can be and is to much for the consoles).
    So if they change the external hardware of the pc and make more easy to install and configurate that hardware, in other words if they make it to be 2010s technology and not lame 1990s, we will have the power of the actual hardware with the gameplay offert of the gamepads, etc and that will mean we will have: great graphics, more optimization for pc (more resources for this and in overall is much better than before right now), bigger games – not necesarilly but -, more interactive games, more detailed in interaction with enviroment , better phisicis and of course betters AI. And since they will be working just in pc they will go with the constant change that mekes every year brutl improvements in graphical and general games capacity that the gpus introduce, instead than a technology that dont change for lots of years. And finally the same gamepads, etc will become more and more evolutives because they will be a part in the pc technology race.
    Thanks for reading this and sorry if my english is not the best.

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