I pointed that out because unlike with the consoles you have CHOICE. Don't like Steam for some reason? Well i just named a half a dozen off the top of my head and there are at least a half a dozen more that I can't recall the names of. Nobody says you HAVE to buy some from each service, but there ARE options.
And yes YOU control the software, because again don't like one service? You can always buy from another, hell don't like DRM at all? Gamecopyworld is a click away and can give you a crack for every game out there, the only way you are cracking that console is with a soldering iron and a LOT of luck, not to mention by doing so you just made sure you can NEVER play ANY game online, not just the game you cracked. I have some of my old games cracked because the ancient starfuck or SecuROM they had isn't compatible with 64bits (which I'm proud to say I have been 64bits since XP X64 back in 05) but just because I have those old games cracked doesn't mean a damned thing to Steam games or frankly any game OTHER than the old ones i cracked.
And sorry but you are wrong, several developers including epic and Crytek have said they have held off new better gaming engines because the current consoles just couldn't handle them, and very few make games that aren't cross platform so its rare that you get a game that doesn't at the very least have the console level graphics as the default which is MUCH weaker than even a 5 year old MOR gaming chip is. Heck I still do my gaming on an HD4850 and that is a 5 year old card, when the new consoles come out I'll pick up an HD7770 for $80 or less and be ahead of the consoles again for their entire run.
Finally as for what you all "shitty" monitors? There really isn't a point to going beyond 1080P right now because not only is the content just not there, neither in movies nor in TV, but with games costing in the 100 mil range with 1080p the price of doubling the pixels would be more than a good 90% of the gaming devs could ever afford. For what its worth I'm still on a 1600x900 monitor and I'm quite happy, movies and games look sharp and clear, and from the looks of things 32 inch 1080p TVs will drop to the $100-$140 price range by Xmas so pretty much anybody will be able to afford a nice large screen for gaming. Until ultra HD cameras and screens come down to a more realistic price the content just isn't gonna be there, it really is a chicken or egg problem in that most won't pay the higher prices without lots of content and most places won't spend the extra money to make the higher res content until there is some real numbers when it comes to users. Personally I'm fine with that, I've set up many a gaming HTPC and games look great on a 55 inch 1080p without needing expensive as hell hardware, thus opening it up to more people.