PC gaming hardware sales will keep on growing

The hardware aspect of PC gaming will continue to gain revenues even in the face of the current economic revenues. Digitimes reports that the latest study on this segment from Jon Peddie Research claims that we will see an annual growth rate of 11 percent for PC gaming-based hardware from now until 2014.

If this prediction does turn out to be true, it shows that gaming is still a huge generator of revenues for PCs as a whole. The world seems to have written off the PC industry as we see more smartphones and tablets taking on tasks that used to be handled by just PCs, including web browsing, writing documents and, yes, even games.

But the truth is that there is a lot of people who prefer to play games on the PC for several reasons. One is that for pure hardware and graphics power, tablets and smartphones simply can't compete with even an entry level gaming PC.

For another, the act of playing games on a portable tablet or a small smartphone is a totally different experience than sitting down in front of a big monitor for hours on end with a keyboard and mouse controlling everything.

Finally, there's the fact that for the most part, you are stuck with a tablet or smartphone's download store or market in order to get new apps or games. The PC remains the most open platform to not only create games but to access and download new games. All these factors will keep the PC as a viable game platform for a long time to come.

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Definitely agree with this article here but for most people, consoles present the easiest method of gaming. Actually, a very high percentage of my friends don't have PC's capable of running this gens games in any sort of enjoyable fashion. So console gaming is the only option for them.

I think with the bad level of PC games at present i doubt the PC will die or Advance much, people will buy PC's for a lot more reasons, and gaming rigs are the most powerful, as they thrive on that market client base by geeks, web designers, and movie editing software junkies.

I play games on PC and both main consoles, Consoles are meant to be quick and easy living room access to games and serve that purpose promptly, and they will continue to profit for that very reason, and the fact they can break out almost top end PC graphics at the time of release for 1/3 the price of that PC, Keeping up with graphic vendors and game developers in a PC world is a very expensive venture these days. You could buy a brand new PS3 for the price of just one card for a PC, which in my eyes is just crazy.

I crossfire two 1gb cards and have a AMD phenom II x6 and 8gb ram, I would hope i don't have to update anytime soon.

Dermot said,
I think with the bad level of PC games at present i doubt the PC will die or Advance much, people will buy PC's for a lot more reasons, and gaming rigs are the most powerful, as they thrive on that market client base by geeks, web designers, and movie editing software junkies.

I play games on PC and both main consoles, Consoles are meant to be quick and easy living room access to games and serve that purpose promptly, and they will continue to profit for that very reason, and the fact they can break out almost top end PC graphics at the time of release for 1/3 the price of that PC, Keeping up with graphic vendors and game developers in a PC world is a very expensive venture these days. You could buy a brand new PS3 for the price of just one card for a PC, which in my eyes is just crazy.

I crossfire two 1gb cards and have a AMD phenom II x6 and 8gb ram, I would hope i don't have to update anytime soon.

The graphics power in a console isn't comparable to the latest gen PC hardware really. It will be when the hardware is refreshed though into the PS4 or XBOX 720 or whatever they new naming convention becomes.

That being said, I don't find there is a need to rush out and update your PC hardware often. I am considering upgrading my GFX card this month just because really. My GTX 260 still plays the games I snag up (depending on what the sale is ) without issue @ 1920x1200...

The "upgrade" race of PC gaming is exaggerated IMHO.

The "upgrade" race of PC gaming is exaggerated IMHO.

Can't agree more.

My Core i5, 4Gb of ram and 5850 bought 2 years ago run new games just fine. Even BF 3 is perfectly playable. I have to tune down gfx but it still look better than 360 games so why would i upgrade ???

I'll probably have to upgrade the gfx card by the end of 2012 and maybe add some inexpensive ram but the PC will be 3 years old by then.

Of course if you crossfire and SLI it's another story but you don't have to anyway to have console quality gfx.

Frazell Thomas said,

The graphics power in a console isn't comparable to the latest gen PC hardware really. It will be when the hardware is refreshed though into the PS4 or XBOX 720 or whatever they new naming convention becomes.

That being said, I don't find there is a need to rush out and update your PC hardware often. I am considering upgrading my GFX card this month just because really. My GTX 260 still plays the games I snag up (depending on what the sale is ) without issue @ 1920x1200...

The "upgrade" race of PC gaming is exaggerated IMHO.

Hence why i said "break out almost top end PC graphics at the time of release" not specifically to todays offering, but in 2005 say when xbox 360 was released, it was par, as the PS3 was in 2006.

But graphic level jumps are a lot lot slower now then they were the last 15 years, limitations, usability, manufacturing etc have all changed effecting this. Even stints between console releases have got bigger, now slating 2013/14 for next releases, that's nearly 10 year gap, crazy.

I'm pretty sure that as far as games go Tablets and Smartphones aren't competing with the PC, or with consoles. Entirely different type and breed of games and gamers for that matter. I don't think anyone out there who played the PC's hottest titles (or console's hottest titles) ever said "Well I'm not going to play these games anymore because I've got a smartphone/tablet now." - Entirely different markets. Good to know that PC hardware sales are still going strong though.