The firm predicts that spending on upper-tier parts will continue to grow, but interestingly, it will represent a smaller portion of the overall gaming PC market. By 2013, the enthusiast sector will lose share to the performance and mainstream segments, from 46% to 35% of dollars spent. However, JPR notes that the "shrink" will occur in an expanding market and the enthusiast class will grow from $9.5 billion to nearly $12.5 billion.
Video game analyst Ted Pollak believes the phenomenon is the result of PC hardware catching up to software. In other words, more people are turning to performance-grade hardware because it is able to cope with demanding games. Despite that shift, JPR says enthusiast components will always be a good market, as there is a style element to high-end parts, and some people just enjoy maxing out their systems.