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PC gaming hardware market continues to grow despite rising competition

By Shawn Knight
May 3, 2012
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  1. Naysayers have been predicting doom and gloom for the PC gaming market for several years and with the advent of mobile gaming, the post-PC era and continued popularity of consoles,...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,559   +862

    "the researchers are predicting total sales of $23.6 billion and by 2015, the market will be responsible for $32 million in sales."

    shouldnt that say 32 billion?
     
  3. Whatever.

    The best gaming titles are (wait for it) NOT on the PC.

    Go figure.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    I like the starcraft picture.
     
  5. I like how CoD isnt even mentioned. I likey you TechSpot!
     
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    Why was Crysis 3 mentioned?! We already know where that is going...
     
  7. Gaming console and smartphones will never replace the pc!!! Pc is more Convenient in all his aspects more power,upgradeble etc!!!
     
  8. All of my spare money goes to upgrading my gaming pc. What can I say? I'm a cool guy like that
     
  9. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +223

    Sure are Sir.

    Keep it up, don't let PC gaming die to those puny little consoles. On other hand possibly slightly lower prices of PC hardware would make things even better ;)
     
  10. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,457   +606

    I've been doing this since the Voodoo Banshee released, my first aftermarket GPU and the first 3DFX GPU to offer 2D and 3D on one card.
    I've watched the market/following grow since then and I hate all these darn noobies talking like they've been in the game for awhile when thier first GPU was a 7800GTX or something! Your a rookie rookie! :)

    Half Life 3 is the game I cannot wait for.
     
  11. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Enthusiast Posts: 162

    Yeah. I've been PC gaming since like 1997, and that's if you don't count a Commodore 64. I had a 100 Mhz P1 Compaq, 1 Gb HD and 8 Mb of RAM which got outdated fast. My second computer was an iMac. That computer was a beast. It outperformed PC's in it's class (I remember it beating a P3 700 Mhz). It had a 450 Mhz G3 CPU, Rage 128 8 Mb video card, at first 64 Mb of RAM which I upgraded to 192, and I believe the stock HD was either 10 or 20 Gb, which got replaced by an 80 Gig one. That was the first computer I ever took apart, didn't read a manual, didn't see no youtube dis-assembly videos. Just got a screw driver set and started tinkering. It was a pain in the *** too being an all-in-one. Since then I went through countless builds, although I haven't really done anything new in a while but I think it will soon be time. Don't get me wrong, it's just that since the release of Xbox 360 and PS3, not many games came out that push the PC to the limit, so even on my current C2Q Q6600 @ 3.0 Ghz and a GTX 260, there was only literally a handful of games I couldn't max out and get very playable framerates up until about 6 months ago. When they release the new platforms, there will be a boom in parts sales because they'll start porting next-gen console games that will require hardware to match... and then months going forward, that all will decrease since PC hardware will have yet again surpassed the consoles.
     
  12. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    +1 a million times, cannot wait for that
     
  13. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,184   +528

    boy there are a lot of "3s" XD
     
  14. Elshotte,

    "When they release the new platforms, there will be a boom in parts sales because they'll start porting next-gen console games that will require hardware to match... and then months going forward, that all will decrease since PC hardware will have yet again surpassed the consoles."

    Agreed. That's why PC gamers with GTX570/HD6950 or faster have no reason to upgrade until 2014. When next generation of consoles launch, GTX680/HD7970 will get crushed by next generation of games. Also, a $500 GPU by then (HD9000 or GTX800 series) will make GTX690 look weak.

    But I think the console makers made a huge mistake waiting that long to replace current consoles. In the last 2-3 years whoever built their PC had superior graphics without having to get anything faster than an HD6850/6870. Now those users have a working PC they can keep upgrading over the next 7-8 years. It's going to be very difficult for MS and Sony and Nintendo to convince those users to buy consoles now. And there are still 2 solid years before PS4 and Xbox next launch, meaning more and more people will build a PC. Good for us, bad for console makers. They waited too long.

     
  15. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Because of this, I'm urged to buy more copies of games for the PC. Perhaps this year. My resolution.
     
  16. just because people are buying more hardware does not mean that they are paying for the games that they are playing on the pc.in some countries most of the pc games that people play are pirated.
     

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