The PC Gaming hardware market has grown to over $21.5 billion dollars, which is over double the value of the console market. The growth comes not from casual users, but from PC gamers who are buying more expensive high-end hardware.
The report comes from analyst company Jon Peddie Research (JPR), where senior gaming analyst Ted Pollak explained the growth. “We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile,” stated Pollak. “While this is also occurring in the lower-end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid- and high-range builds and upgrades by gamers.
“Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms. They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment.”
It’s not showing any signs of slowing down either: they predict that in three years time the market will be worth over $23 billion dollars.
Jon Peddie, president of JPR expressed his doubts that the console market could ever catch up. “Nvidia, Intel and AMD have enthusiast CPU and GPUs that are so powerful that, when combined with SSDs and fast memory, they absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation,” he explained.
“Being able to drive 3840×2160 (4K) is already a reality for the highest end configurations and the mass market is now able to push 2560×1440. PC gamers with good displays are able to enjoy millions and millions of pixels more than console gamers get on HDTVs. This translates into being able to see more and an overall better gaming experience.”