A recent IDC report into consumer electronics and home consoles suggests that by 2017 you'll be hard pushed to tell the difference between consoles and STBs by 2017 as both will do exactly the same jobs.
The IDC reports states that eventually STBs will be able to do the same as consoles (play games), but it also reports that they "will still represent less than 10% of all TV-centric, digital game-related spending in 2017".
That quote comes from Lewis Ward, research manager of gaming at IDC, who goes on to state that "it appears unlikely that Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony will be driven out of the living room from a gaming perspective by 2017 as result of non-console competition from the likes of Valve/Steam, OUYA, cable/telecom companies, or related hardware and Web service providers.".
So that's it, gaming consoles aren't going anywhere any time soon, so it's probably best to make your choice now: PS4 or Xbox One?
Read more about the report in our recent article suggesting that the PS4 is set to outsell Xbox One.