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#1 compl3x

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:54

The PC games market has now surpassed the console gaming sector in terms of revenues, an analyst has claimed.

DFC Intelligence owner David Cole told PCR: "On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase. 

"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true.  This means PCs have the broader audience."

DFC previously predicted that PC gaming would eclipse console gaming by 2015, and earlier this year it said that the PC gaming market would exceed $25 billion in 2014.

The news comes after DFC published its latest quarterly paid-for report on PC gaming revenues and usage. 

In terms of the most popular PC games, DFC says that MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena)titles and free-to-play games are continuing to perform strongly.

"The MOBA games League of Legends and Dota 2 dominate everything else by an order of magnitude in terms of more usage than other products," added Cole. "In the first part of 2014 we saw some signs that may change with the introduction of new titles and some increased play of games outside the MOBA category.

"But MOBA is dominant. Beyond that it is a nice mix of MMO, strategy and first person shooter.

"We can say that our top 20 list for 2013 had no titles released that year and in Q1 2014 we saw three new titles crack the list: DayZ, Rust and Hearthstone.

"PC player hours have also been remarkably consistent. We had expected hours to fall in 2013 because there were not any major new releases. However, hours were actually flat with 2012 which bodes very well for the market going forward as more triple-A titles are released."

Cole said that Europe has been a big driver of PC trends in recent years especially around free-to-play games, and that the big trend emerging from the US is likely to be more triple-A titles released for console and PC.

He also anticipates an increasing crossover between different platforms. 

"There is a blurring of platforms where it starts to get hard to define what is a PC and what is a mobile device," Cole explained.

"Hearthstone was a great example of this as it released for both PC and iPad. Not all games fit that model but as we mentioned core gamers now tend to play on multiple devices."

 

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#2 trag3dy

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:57

"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true.  This means PCs have the broader audience."

 

Consoles have always been a luxury, when was that any different? And for the most part so have pcs.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:59

No offense Complex, and this isn't really directed at you, but this is about as suprising as saying hitting your head on a wall hurts. There's at least a billion consumer "PCs" on the planet, if you tally up anything remotely considered gaming on them, clearly they will outnumber the 200-400 million active consoles out there. I never understood the insecurity PC users feel regarding consoles, especially since most gamers i know use both! 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:06

I'm not sure I trust the source to be honest



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:21

I'm still not sure where it was proven that console (gaming) sales were exceeding PC sales. (Including digital purchases).

 

Whoever started the whole "PC gaming is dying" crap needs a reality check. Won't happen.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:30

I'm still not sure where it was proven that console (gaming) sales were exceeding PC sales. (Including digital purchases).

 

Whoever started the whole "PC gaming is dying" crap needs a reality check. Won't happen.

 

If you look at sales of AAA titles consoles sell far more copies. If you include games like WoW, LoL, etc. its a different picture.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:35

If you look at sales of AAA titles consoles sell far more copies. If you include games like WoW, LoL, etc. its a different picture.

I prefer to look at the overall picture...



#8 Melfster

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:47

I was reading article that said while overall market for PC maybe declining what increasing is gaming PC market. So this is not surprising.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:14

Let me guess they count FB games and they count some tablets as PC



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:24

Let me guess they count FB games and they count some tablets as PC

 

There's probably more people playing Yahoo Mahjong at any given time than COD, BF, and Titanfall on all platforms combined



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:35

There's probably more people playing Yahoo Mahjong at any given time than COD, BF, and Titanfall on all platforms combined

 

Doesn't really make them PC gamers though, does it ....



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 06:12

Since those games are made in PC and port it to console, it's bizarre that anyone would be surprised if you look at if from a different perspective unless you're comparing the overall revenue not the game catalog.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 06:25

Doesn't really make them PC gamers though, does it ....

 

I was agreeing with you...point being that PC gaming can easily be defined to encompass Farmville and stuff like Yahoo Games, which then makes it no contest compared to consoles in terms of player base.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 08:18

Which is strange because Microsoft publically do very little to encourage PC gaming as a platform.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 13:06

Which is strange because Microsoft publically do very little to encourage PC gaming as a platform.

 

Why would they? They have the XBox division for that, and they promote their toy.