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PC Hardware Outsells Consoles

PC Gaming Alliance Releases Newest Horizons Hardware Research has data from the occasionally dormant PC advocates on PC gaming hardware sales outstripping all console hardware sales combined, using a discreet GPU as the criterion for a gaming rig (thanks Computer and Video Games) Here's an excerpt:

Among the key findings: Annual shipment volumes for the PC Gaming hardware market in 2009 were over two times larger than the combined Wii™, PlayStation® 2, PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360® console units shipped in the same period. This trend for the PC Gaming hardware market to outpace all console shipments combined is expected to continue through the forecasted period of the research. In addition, revenues from consumer PCs capable of gaming that shipped with a discrete GPU (excludes Netbooks and integrated graphics-based PCs) totaled approximately $54.6 billion in 2009 and are forecasted to grow to $61.3 billion by 2014. These revenue figures are based on an estimated 61.5 million PCs (Desktop and Laptops) shipped in 2009 that can largely be associated with PC gaming as a key usage scenario.

The report also estimates the worldwide number of consumers gaming with discrete graphics solutions on their PCs (Desktop and Notebooks) to be 212.6 million for 2009 and expects this to grow to about 322 million by 2014. The report also includes detailed breakouts of various PC configurations (e.g. Basic, Mass Market, etc), by form factor and by geographic territory.

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39. Re: PC Hardware Outsells Consoles Aug 6, 2010, 23:41 Jerykk
 
What? What kind of shit is this? Good god, the myth that PC gamers keep upgrading their hardware each week has got to stop. Hardware for the PC is no longer as expensive as it was and it lasts a long time now, seeing that most PC games are ports that don't require a lot of power to run.

I think you have to understand the consolite perspective on this. I listened to a Kotaku podcast about the topic and it was really shocking how out of touch they were with PC gaming. One of the speakers complained about all the issues he encountered when trying to play SC2 and Civ5, then went on to admit that he hadn't updated his drivers in two years and that when he did, he accidentally installed the 64-bit ones on his 32-bit OS. And this wasn't a guy who had been a consolite his entire life. He had, at one point, been a hardcore PC gamer.

To PC gamers, updating drivers a few times a year and knowing your system specs is common sense. But the general populace doesn't even know what a driver is and has no idea what's inside their PC. Even updating drivers once a year is too complex for them if they have to do it manually. Throw in the occasional hardware upgrade and they shit themselves.
 
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