@spaceinsomniac: Personally i think its the Devs right to do with their game as they wish. If they feel its a game they only want played locally then that's their choice. They will sell less copies but they have stayed true to their vision.
Us gaming fans are quick to shout at devs when they sell out so i don't think we can complain when a dev says "i want the game i have created to be XYZ" and the game is XYZ.
I think each episode should be reviewed. Reviews offer a timely service to a ton of consumers and why wait until 8 months after the initial episodes release to make ti clear you have either enjoyed or hated the game?
I understand a games total vision doesn't come together until the package is taken as a whole but i think that just has to be taken into account when reading episodic reviews. The reviewers responsibility is to inform in a timely manner where possible and individual episode reviews are the best way to do that in my opinion.
There are still tons of people who want to get into PC gaming that don't want to build a PC.
I personally work with a few console gamers who have always asked me about PC gaming and on a couple of occasions have come close to getting me to build a gaming PC for them. A decently priced Steam Machine is going to push them over the edge and into PC gaming. It gives them what they want, aimed at a gamer, with the minimal amount of fuss.
I agree that building a gaming PC would likely be cheaper (although no massively so), its what i have always done, but some people are willing to pay a premium to get a product with the minimal amount of fuss.
I think there will be a market. My only concern is the different strata of machines available. With the different spec levels i can see some people being disappointed by performance in some of these machines. I understand why they exist though.
The PS4 does do some weird stuff in regards to networking.
I have my PS4 and PC right next to each other, both wired into the same hub.
PC speed test results from speedof.me 42mbs down 9mbs up.
PS4 results, 12mbs down 2.1mbs up
This isnt a situation unique to my console either, tons of people have performed the same tests and have seen a similar set of results. The internet is full of theories as to why we see this performance difference.