In an interview with Penny Arcade, Valve’s Gabe Newell said that they would get into the hardware game if it became necessary. Valve wants hardware production to move forward with technology, and would be willing to develop hardware if it came to that.
“If we have to sell hardware we will,” Newell said to PA. “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 says that he would rather leave the hardware to the specialists, though:
“It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We 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.”
Wouldn’t that be nuts? A Steam console?
In the full interview you’ll find more on Newell’s hardware dreams, including a bit on wearable computers.