Originally Posted by Change is Good
Not if they're price tags stay at $1000+
The thing about consoles is that they are both affordable and consumer friendly.
Those two things are what Steam Machines are designed to deliver. Alienware's version is $500. The same price as the One. The amount of setup is the same as any other console.
However it is a LOT more affordable in the long run, even with the hardware the same price. The reason is no cost for online play, and you can buy AAA games for next to nothing.
The next console launch will be in 5-8 years. I expect a ton of changes in the world over that time. Enough to the point where it might not ever happen.
Oh, and let's not forget Sony Now. With just a new Sony TV (and a dual shock controller), you can play high end games in your living room. That might be the answer in 5 years. Just an online service.
I used to use Onlive, and it worked great. As more people get high speed internet, I see no reason why this can't be the future. It could be the future of Steam as well.