I agree that the bolded statement is the vision for the future. However, the vision will not happen in the near future. Content owners and telecom companies have too much invested in their current assets. In the USA, live sports and premium contents (HBO, ShowTime, some cable TV channels) generally cannot be streamed unless you also have subscription to cable. And advertising revenues on TV keep climbing (although slowly) despite declining TV viewership. A live TV ad spot on a popular program/event is worth much more than say a banner on espn.com. TV will not die in the near future. To me, the short-term approach is what the Xbox One is trying to do. Marry the cable box with online contents, games and mobile computing devices (Smartglass - although it sucks now, the potential is there). The key is how to keep people on your system and not switch to other boxes for contents not available on your device. Microsoft has shown its innovation in this area. I wouldn't be surprise if the Amazon, Google and Apple boxes follow the same HDMI-in approach when they release their respective boxes.
And nowhere are games even mentioned. I can do all that with a $100 Rocku box.
Steam Machine will be one of the biggest boondoggles we will see since the 3DO. No one is going to care about these boxes.
The reason I am focusing so much on non-gaming topics here is because that is what the xbox is. The Xbox is not so much a game machine as it is a living room machine because of all the focus on the cable features. The focus on the cable features is a clear tell that Microsoft does NOT know the future in this space.
In all ways known to man from video, music, communication and well..everything..other than games the Steam Machine wins. So....if they do in fact make Linux more viable you can kiss both xbox and ps4 goodbye.
Games are played in the living room though and MSoft was the first console to really consolidate everything. Steam Boxes are going to be a very niche product and I don't think even Valve knows who they are targeted at. If you asked someone on the street what a steambox was you might get slapped in the face.....XD
Alas though we have taken this way off topic but I do love the discussion.
yes I dont want this to turn into a steam vs xbox debate but what I am trying to explain is that Microsoft not seeing that cable TV is NOT the future is a tell that they are not doing a good job on the long haul. They did bother to read and study the known facts.
and when it comes to people interested in games the numbers away from cable is even larger. Did you know that 80% of MLG viewers do not have cable TV?