when will we finally get hihger than 1920*1080 resolution monitors at a decent price ????
Or when will 1920x1080 be the standard for small laptops instead of 1366x768?
I can just stream a game to a small HTPC in my living room, or onto my tablet and have it powered by my main rig.
I think that is one of the main points of the steambox. The way I see it is that valve is expecting most gamers to have a high power windows gaming rig separate from their home theater system. The steambox will serve as an entry to the console market, and allow you to stream your entire library onto the linux steambox. Sure you could have windows on your HTPC too, it doesn't really make a difference. But windows is not exactly the best HTPC OS, it's designed for keyboard/mouse (and more recently, touchscreens) so steam wants more control over designing a better suited HTPC specific OS that can be controlled by controller or remote. Think about how XBMC looks. Do you hate that too?
Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.