I don't get this. If you are buying a PC just to play games, like the consoles can only do, why do you have to hook it up to crappy speakers at an office desk? Why not hook it up to your TV and stereo, just like you do with a console? Don't like mouse/keyboard? Then use anyone of a hundred controllers, wired or wireless. Since the Stream box is just a PC in console form, any person can do the same darn thing and you don't need to spend $2K sans monitor to build a kick ass gaming rig that would blow away the XB1 and PS4. It seems like there is a mental block that if it is a PC, it is a PC first and foremost and therefore has to go on a desk and gaming machine a distant second. Build a gaming cube that sits next to the TV and is a gaming platform first and foremost that can be used as a computer if the need arises. You know, like a Steam box (or consoles) but without all the restrictions and limitations.
Could be. My formative PC gaming years are the '90s. PC games were synonymous with mouse and keyboard to play StarCraft and Half Life. They cost $2500, required Windows drivers and fiddling, and lived on a desk with a 17" monitor and crappy "computer" speakers.
Consoles were less powerful, but could work in the living room. Consoles had great, purposefully designed controllers and just worked when the cartridge was inserted.
I don't really have any experience with a cheap gaming PC, nor how that passes SAF in the living room, nor how it's easier than an Xbox to get running. And I don't know how to play a good Keyboard+Mouse FPS or RTS in the living room.
I see these Steam Boxes, and I don't understand how they fit the living room or how they are better than a console. I'm like a dog tilting his head and whining at the cat. There's something interesting there, maybe, but I don't get it yet.