Originally Posted by doomlord52
If they can keep the price low, and the setup-difficulty to near-zero, they've effectively killed (or severely) wounded consoles.
How so? Even if the machines are easier than anything else to set up, people still have to decide which one to get, how much to pay, and what's right for the games they want to play. Someone who is already a PC gamer but doesn't build their own or install their own OS and is in line for an upgrade might be interested. Why would someone wanting to make the switch from consoles feel any better about it?
If Valve really wanted to compete with PS4/XB1 they would have put their name and money behind a single cheap box with maybe differing storage, but nothing that really affects performance. A single box would make it easier to work with developers on optimizing for it and give customers confidence that the box they bought could play the game they wanted as the developers intended.