Just you wait ... It'll be the biggest pile of crap that you've seen so far in your life as well as mine as far as electronics come. This is coming from one of the more dedicated PC gamers as well as steam customer. Valve fucked up so bad with the platform before it even released. This move is practically worse than all of the EA's COMBINED! Who the hell wants an inferior PC that plays less games while getting bad reputation in the process just because some dickish OEM's decided to jack up the price of their steam machines ?
I see no future in the platform cause most devs will just ignore it like any other linux distro. SteamOS is irrelevant right now in gaming and will still suck in the future. Hell there's probably more reason for me to buy a WII U than getting a steam machine. This thing will literally fail so hard like no other platform I've seen so far.
I want to believe in Valve but pulling stupid shit like that just makes me lose faith in them. If Valve wants my respect again I implore them to stop development of steamOS and call off the OEM's to cancel the god damned platform for GOOD.
Edit: They won't be seen as a part of the master race to me but I would put them lower than console peasants. They'd be serfs in my opinion. Having low quality games does not equate to being better than a console peasant.