iBuyPower’s box costs $500, or the same as an Xbox One console, and that figure includes one of Valve’s funky Steam Controllers.
Living Room Friendly
Large Game library
does what any other PC can
No paying for playing games online
Comes with steam controller
500 dollars for a PC with better specs than the next gen consoles from the information given that's a damn good price not only that no online fee to play mp and advantages any ordinary PC will give. If Valve steam machine offers something similar maybe even somewhat cheaper and they market it to the mainstream audience this could really booster the current install base for steam by a large amount from its pre existing one and introduce newer generations to pc gaming. It might even match the success of the next gen in terms of those who buy it when they launch.
Would this be consider a turning point in the history of pc gaming when small factor PCs are being offered at lower price for the living room and marketed which you damn sure Valve will do. Not only that might possibly disrupt the console business by a quite a bit or a lot by competing with them with price.
Of course there always factors like gaming library and support but it seems like Valve got some major backing at this point. Given there track record they seem to know what there doing.