by Josh Hamel
Gabe Newell says that Valve working on their own hardware would not be out of the question in the future if it becomes necessary.
Speaking with Penny Arcade, the company’s co-founder and MD said the developer would be open to creating its own hardware if it ever became a necessity.
If we have to sell hardware we will. We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it; it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation, and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do.
Newell goes on to say that the company is not currently involved with hardware development but “think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do, then that’s what we end up having to do.”
The beloved co-founder goes on to say he does not feel the current method of production is enough and must change alongside technology.
So we’re thinking of trying to figure out how to do the equivalent of the [Team Fortress] incremental approach in software design and try to figure out how would you get something similar to that in the hardware space as well. The sort of old method of, you know, let’s go make a giant pile of inventory and hope that some set of applications emerge to justify this giant hardware investment doesn’t seem to be the – very consistent with what we’ve seen to be the fastest ways to move stuff forward, so we’re trying to come up with an alternative to that that gives us the ability to iterate more rapidly.
If you’d like to read the rest of the interview, including Valve’s interest in wearable computers, you can find it here.