The big story in consoles shouldn’t be the long-overdue sequels to PS3 and X360, but the possible death of ‘next-gen’ itself. Valve’s Steambox has the potential to end console generations as we know them. Steambox ditches the notion ofastatic console in favor of hardware the can be offered by multiple manufacturers at multiple price points and specifications, while Valve itself builds the software and content platform. It’s using Microsoft’s original OS strategy against itself. PS4 and Xbox720 will be old techayear after launch, while I’ll be playing games optimized for the latest gaming PCs and Steamboxes onasystem that runs circles around the first two.