Back in March, rumors were flying about Half-Life and Steam creator Valve working on gaming hardware. At the time, it was dubbed the "Steam Box," though its existence was ever denied by its supposed creators.

Now it appears that Valve's pants were on fire the whole time, as the company has confirmed via a job listing for an industrial designer that its ambitions do indeed extend into the hardware arena.

"Valve is traditionally a software company," the posting says. "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.”

Valve is looking to innovate: “Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years,” it continues. “There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.”

Not for long, we're guessing. What kind of gaming hardware do you envision Valve creating? Is there room for another console, or will they simply begin selling their own PCs?

[via IGN]