10% of laptops sold before April this year featured touchscreens, report claims

Frozen Synapse

While PC gaming has never been healthier, PC ownership is in a weird place right now. Shipments to retailers declined at their fastest rate ever in the first three months of this year. And according to market research types DisplayBank, one in ten laptops shipped during the same period had touchscreens.

Of the 46 million laptops shipped in the first arbitrary financial quarter of 2013, 4.57 million were the type you could lean over and poke right in the face, to functional effect. The shift comes directly after the release of Windows 8 and the tablet-first interface formerly known as Metro.

DisplayBank also say that manufacturers like Asus and Lenovo are banking on much greater gains in the touchscreen market in the near future. Intel CEO Paul Otellini, meanwhile, has lately been promising a reduction in the price of affordable touchscreen laptops, with the most inexpensive skirting the $200 mark.

What does that mean for us? Well, there might be a small market for touchscreen games on PC, just waiting to be tapped.

What would you like to see come out of that? A PC port of the iPad port of PC game Frozen Synapse? Angry Birds Trilogy, as it was meant to be played?

Thanks to The Verge.