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To the Rescue: How Gamers Are Saving the PC Market

The PC market is in trouble, but gamers are here to save it.

In an increasingly Mobile / Tablet focused market, who will save the PC?

The rise of mobile devices and tablet computers had gobbled up chunks of the market, leaving the PC to struggle for relevance in a consistently more portable world. Back in May, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that PC sales would drop by 7.8 percent in 2013, almost doubling its 4 percent drop in 2012.  

But as with all great epic tales, a band of heroes have arisen to protect the PC from the specter of insignificance. 

Who are these brave individuals holding strong to their PCs while the mobile world lays siege on all sides?  

Gamers, of course. 

A band of heroes have arisen to protect the PC from the specter of insignificance. Who are these brave individuals holding strong to their PCs while the mobile world lays siege on all sides?  Gamers, of course.

In a press release, Jon Peddie Research (JPR) predicted that the global market for PC gaming hardware would not decrease with the broader PC market, but rather would increase from about $17.8 billion in 2013 to over $20 billion by 2016.   JPR attributes this growth to the PC's ability to deliver better functionality than their mobile or cloud counterparts, specifically when it comes to graphics.  

Jon Peddie, President of JPR, said in a statement,

"Not only is gaming becoming an even more important purchasing influence of PC sales due to the offloading of more basic functionality to smart devices, but we are forecasting growth in the most expensive discrete graphics products.  We are also impressed with the embedded graphics offerings this generation and going forward."

JPR predicts that Bohemia Interactive's upcoming release of ARMA 3 will drive about $800 million in PC builds

This increased functionality, specifically in graphics, is important to gamers because of the increasing complexity of the games that gamers are playing.  For example, JPR predicts that Bohemia Interactive's upcoming release of ARMA 3 will drive about $800 million in PC builds.  According to JPR, because recent games are more demanding on the CPU, gamers are foregoing standard components, and instead building custom machines from the ground up. 

Hardcore gamers will not be surprised by the consistent and even increasing demand for stronger PC components to keep up with the games they want to play.  But in a world that seems to be focused on mobility and the potential for the integration of computing into every aspect of our lives, it is refreshing to see gamers continuing to carry the torch for the traditional PC.  

Header Image: http://sparkwiz.com/tips-n-tricks/choosing-the-right-gaming-pc-monitor/

Published Sep. 4th 2013
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    PC or laptop still works the best for me, plus I really like my controller setup of QWERTY keyboard and mouse (consoles can't function as office productivity tools yet, maybe in the future.....)
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    This is exactly what I have been saying for a long time. PC is just better, in lots of ways, not all. Because the customizability, if done right reliability, compatibility, and graphics, cause well all loves dem graphixz! But also general use, you can do everything on it.
    Exclusives like Arma, Total War and all massive plethora of Indie games simply makes PC one of the best options.
    Yes not everyone agrees, and that's fine, I love consoles too! They have a place in my heart, they started my fully with my love of games, and gaming! They nereded me out, for which I have 100% thankful! Nerd power! Consoles also really do offer ease of use, and all games (bar a big one with the PS3) just work, I have had a few issues with PC, but they have been sorted out, but never with consoles. Also Halo, as you have not found out with my articles, I LOVE Halo, with all my heart, it isn't the best sci-fi, given, it breaks a lot of sci-fi laws, but that is why I love it...I will be doing an article about why I love it, but also the gripes I have with it. Anyway....PC is just the best option over all, but consoles offer epic experiences also.
    Right where was I, oh yes, PC and being better, oh wait, I said everything along with a tangent....anyway in short.....

    PC offers lots of things consoles may never, or do not yet. But consoles do offer a cheaper start up (the box thing you play the games on).
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    When ever I'm sitting behind my command station of a PC, I 'm always thinking, give me a console that does all this and maybe I'll get one.

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