Good ol’ Jon Peddie. The Pedster. El Pedderino. His good news giving research company has announced the PC gaming hardware market topped the $30bn mark for the first time ever last year. Well done everyone.
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The figures have come from totting up the amount of money spent on pre-built and DIY gaming PCs, component upgrades and peripheral purchases. So, overall, as a planet, we spent over $30bn on that stuff last year.
The John Peddie Research (JPR) report doesn’t think that’s it either with their analysts expecting the market to keep on growing to the tune of a compound annual growth rate of 6% moving through to 2019. This train is just going to keep on running…
The report states that it’s the Asia Pacific region which is leading the PC hardware charge, due to its large population, ‘entrenched PC gaming culture,’ and lack of any significant console traction. The Asia Pacific market is expected to grow at an even faster rate than the expected global growth figures, but it’s in North America and Western Europe that high-end hardware rules the roost. It’s this side of the globe which likes to splash the cash on the expensive Titanesque graphics cards and PCs.
The JPR report says that the continued growth of the PC gaming hardware market is down to the ever-increasing numbers of gamers picking mid-range and high-end tech. It’s these two segments, rather than the higher volume entry-level kit, that makes it such a massive industry.
So when you read those doom-laden reports of the death of the PC remember that they’re not talking about you. They’re talking about the notebooks and office block desktops that have seen their usage largely replaced by mobile devices. As the report notes “the average PC sale is increasingly motivated by the video game use model which is important to understand in a stagnant or declining overall PC market.”
It’s all about the games, people. That’s why we loves our hardware.