in case everything fails, give/sell/deal playstation to sega and i'm good.
The Sega Playstation? That has a ring to it.
Do you think they would still want to make hardware, or just go software only?
And we would still have 3 consoles, if Steam can pull it off.
i'd say an easy to use and develop for 300-500$ hardware every let's say 4-6 years is a must. i don't mind if it just a pc in a box as long it's only one (unlike steambox) device for all. people need something physical to identify playstation with it, even if it's just a box that streams games through the internet.
Steam isn't selling the PC's, those they are leaving to their partners (Just like Microsoft does with their PC's). They are selling the software base with it's built in distrubution/DRM to make the SteamBox work. They are directly challenging Mircrosoft's Windows and DirectX and OpenGL and others to get developers to use Linux/SteamWorks (or whatever they end up calling it.) It's a big risky move, and seems to me like a whole bunch of distracted potential from working on games to creating an operating sytem for some personal reason for a high level guy involved.
I don't really see the point, unless they can dramatically increase efficiency, security and make things easier to program. Which they might be able to do. But, just like Windows, it will have to work with a variety of hardware and different specs. Which will cause it to lose efficiency and optimization - thus being similar to Windows.
I think having a secure system where people can not play games that have been ripped and torrented will be a feature they use to lure in developers. As, think about. If you sell a game for $30, but it can't really be pirated, it's a good selling feature.