April 16, 2010

PC Gaming Market Thriving?

Accord­ing to Tom’s Hard­ware, PC gam­ing looks alive and thriv­ing, good to hear:  “Despite the doom and gloom around PC gam­ing that’s gone on for years now, research shows that the PC gam­ing hard­ware mar­ket is still very strong. In fact, it seems that the type of peo­ple who like to read Tom’s Hard­ware – the enthu­si­ast class – account for near­ly half of the dol­lars spent towards gam­ing hard­ware.”
“Accord­ing to Jon Ped­die Research, 46 per­cent of the dol­lars spent in 2009 on stuff like bou­tique PCs, high-end proces­sors and graph­ics cards, SSD’s, spe­cial­ized gam­ing mice, key­boards, speak­ers, mon­i­tors and oth­ers come from PC enthu­si­asts.”
“The research firm fig­ures that PC enthu­si­asts have a spe­cial style ele­ment to them that JPR calls a “mus­cle car ele­ment.” These days, a respectable GPU from a recent gen­er­a­tion has a pret­ty good shot at run­ning any PC game at a decent frame rate and image qual­i­ty lev­el. This opens up the PC gam­ing mar­ket beyond just high-end sys­tems and towards the more hum­ble per­for­mance and main­stream users.
Jon Ped­die, Pres­i­dent of JPR, not­ed that “gamers are order­ing, build­ing, and mod­ding their rigs with com­po­nents that just a few years ago were sim­ply not avail­able with any econ­o­my of scale. SSD’s, water cool­ing, gam­ing mice and key­boards and oth­er com­po­nents have come to the Per­for­mance class and gamers are start­ing to snap them up.””
“As a result of this, JPR esti­mates that the enthu­si­ast class will only account for 35 per­cent of the dol­lars spent on gam­ing by 2013, despite pro­jec­tions of grow­ing to $12.5 bil­lion – up from 2009’s $9.5 bil­lion. This will be due to a spread of gam­ing towards the per­for­mance and main­stream seg­ments, which should be good news to any­one mak­ing a PC game these days.”
Ahh, there is hope after all ; )


  1. Hippie - April 16, 2010 9:24 am

    Good news indeed, Im just start­ing to pull some cash togeth­er to build my first rig. So far ive just been upgrad­ing seper­ate parts at a time, but now I think I should start one from scratch. Should be fun!

  2. vudu - April 16, 2010 11:12 am

    I spent 80% of my mon­ey on com­put­er junk.. 🙁

  3. DeathProof - April 16, 2010 1:18 pm

    Com­put­er junk? Why would you do that when there’s a lot of kick a** hard­ware out there?

    • thsoundman - April 16, 2010 2:24 pm

      Because some of us here are epic poor so all we can afford is the com­put­er junk not the com­put­er kick­ass.

  4. T8 - April 17, 2010 12:42 am

    90 per­cent of the time, you can buy mid lev­el gear and make it run top notch with the right tim­ings, clocks, and effort.
    dont waste your mon­ey
    get a hard­core­com­put­ers PC TOTALLY LIQUID SUBMERGED!!!!
    fuck­ing amaz­ing

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