Originally Posted by xxpenguinxx
In it's current state I really do not see the point to SteamOS. You require a PC with Windows to play most games on Steam anyway, so why build a second PC to stream to when you can just set up a video connection to your TV and use a wireless keyboard/mouse/controller? They have wireless HDMI, and chances are if a person doesn't have the basic skills to set that up, they won't be able to setup a SteamOS box.
I agree 100%. Regardless of the method used, the average person will not want a 2nd machine just so they can stream nor does the average person have the knowledge how to set it up. But I can see how this would be a useful feature for some people. In my humble opinion, the end-goal of SteamOS is for people to be using this as the operating system of choice on standalone consoles.
Also I do not like Steam, mainly because of the DRM crap it is, but the most annoying thing about steam is that it forces all of it's games to start at 100% volume, and I have to alt tab to lower the volume back down, every time I launch a game. It's been like this for years >_>
Although I can see where you're coming from, there is another perhaps more realistic perspective: Valve saw an opportunity to fill a market gap and took advantage of it, they didn't invent online delivery of games. Where you see more control, I see a company allowing the PC to play catch up with the rest of the gaming world. Gabe Newell has always been an advocate for PC gaming/ open platform gaming.
As for your volume control issues, I think most people have a way to control the volume via Windows rather than at the application level. In my case, I have a volume control on my keyboard. When I play in the living room on my TV, I simply control the volume via the TV using the TV remote.