Report – Annual shipment of PC hardware is twice that of consoles

Thursday, 5th August 2010 19:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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The PC Gaming Alliance has released its Horizons Hardware research report, and it found the annual shipment volumes PC gaming hardware market in 2009 were two times larger than shipments of PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 combined for the same period.

The report states revenues from consumer gaming capable PCs 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.

The figures are based on an estimated 61.5 million PCs (Desktop and Laptops) shipped in 2009.

“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,” read the report. ”

It also estimates worldwide consumers gaming with discrete graphics on their PCs to be 212.6 million for 2009 and expects this to grow to about 322 million by 2014.

“One of the biggest trends I’m seeing in the 2009 Horizon’s hardware report indicates a strong demand for more capable mobile based systems by PC Gamers,” said Matt Ployhar PCGA research committee chairman. “PC Gamers are playing a central role in fueling healthier margins, and driving innovation in this space worldwide.”

“PC gaming is the highest profile and most mature example of a new era of computing systems based on usage,” added  Richard Shim, research manager at IDC. “These new usage-based systems are hardware configurations optimized for an improved user experience. Consumers are often willing to pay more for such an experience. In the case of gaming PCs, up to 25 percent more as compared to a mainstream system.”

According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is still the world’s largest hardware gaming market with approximately 33 percent of the market share. Western Europe and the United States are at 24 percent and 22 percent, respectively, while the rest of the world follows with 21.5 percent.

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  1. Stephany Nunneley


    #1 4 years ago
  2. loki

    And? I have 3 PC at home, 0 of them for gaming. Most of PC buy for work, not for somebody call gaming

    #2 4 years ago
  3. keko

    Wow and Microsoft still calls games on xbox and pc xbox exklusives.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hunam


    In retrospect, the whole alliance thing sounds kindy silly.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Bleak Harvest

    I just spend $950 on a DIY PC. It’ll run games just fine, but like loki pointed out, it is mostly for video/audio editing and other programs.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Dralen

    That’s just plain good news.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. SwiftRanger

    “In retrospect, the whole alliance thing sounds kindy silly.”

    It’s definitely a silly name but I wouldn’t say the concept itself sounds more ridiculous than big companies slam-dunking each other at childish press conferences and in NPD-sales-release aftermaths. Getting some stats like these out doesn’t hurt anyone.

    What the “Alliance” does need to do a lot more is looking at the problems of the platform it’s trying to defend and what some of its “proud” members aren’t doing to advance it. MS should feel ashamed of themselves.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. _LarZen_

    Hahaha…sorry about that but just cant help it after reading this article. Oh…think I pissed in my pants…oh wel.

    Anyways..even my grandma have a computer that CAN run some games. But do she? Fuck no….people love computers for youtube and facebook!!!

    The Pc Gaming Alliance thank you for making me laugh…no realy…thank you! :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. justiceblob

    Thats because many PC gamers I know replace their PC’s (or at leats most of the internals) virtually annually. I’m sayings its because they break, they just want to upgrade.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Seeing as actual PC game sales dont match this, its obvious the hardwares main use isnt gaming. Nice use of spin from the PC Gaming Alliance though, Fox News should hire them.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Mr. Sega

    #11 4 years ago
  12. justiceblob

    @1 This is NOT full PC’s, this can include accesories, raw parts etc. Add things like controllers to the second figure and then we will talk.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    What a load of utter horseshit.

    Also, if this was realistic, then piracy is much, much bigger than anyone ever imagined on PCs.

    (Oh, and my laptop has a discrete GPU… I sure as shit couldn’t game properly on it though)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Grimrita

    @ 10.
    Remember PC game sales do not include digital downloading – which is a very very big market.

    The reason why PC games dont sell over the counter very well, is because retailers just dont give them the shelf space and when they do, its The Sims, WOW/blizzard titles and thats it!

    The fact Starcraft 2 sold over 1 million copies on its first day shows that the pc market IS there and considering this was on a single format and FIFA last year sold 1.7 million across 4 formats, gives you an idea just how big the PC market is.

    However, the PC gamer wont spend their money on a shoddy port, which counts for probably 75% of new releases.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    They do when you look at the figures from the publishers Grimrita… and the only major publisher gets more action on the PC that anywhere else is Blizzard (which shouldn’t really come as any surprise).

    #15 4 years ago
  16. NinjaMidget

    I don’t know why there is so much hate for pc games and pc gamers. Is this not where the hardcore were born, and many still remain?

    I game on both pc and my ps3, ps3 is more convenient by just having it all there to start with, but having a pc means you have a big back catalogue to work through.

    @14 FIFA’s sales last year were closer to 10 mil than 2 mil across all formats if not over 10 mil…silly bugger! lol

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Lord Gremlin

    PC is a valuable tool and it’s used not only for gaming.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Happy Hardon Harry

    Personally, I’ll always get the PC version of a game. Otherwise I’m stuck playing on console hardware that was created almost a decade ago. In fact, my consoles are primarily used for exclusives, nothing else, many of which have been extremely disappointing.

    Sure, not everyone can afford a PC or has the (minimal) level of intelligence needed to use it, but that’s no reason to get your panties in a twist.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. No_PUDding

    I don’t even have a discrete GPU, and I never want to game on a PC becuase it’s the most horrendously inconsistent experience.

    Steam is the only thing that stops PC users from regularly turning into monitor slamming, internet memes.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. bpcgos

    lots of potential of course, but still it seems like there is no big developer/publisher(except for blizzard and valve) be able to grab this potential market by creating game that optimise PC capability over console(DX11,mouse keyboard,community). All of those big developer were beaten by small indie developer that knows how to take care of their costumer well.
    just my opinion though!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Nelius

    What a lot of you guys fail to realize is how big the PC gaming market is outside of the US and UK. It dominates online gameplay worldwide. Xbox Live didn’t even cater to a significant portion of countries worldwide until early this year with the launch of the Slim.

    “The report states revenues from consumer gaming capable PCs 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.”

    Discrete GPUs – This is specifically for gaming and high-end media PCs.
    Integrated – Serves the average consumer who is satisfied with basic media and flash games.
    That report clearly excludes the latter market so the overal report could indeed be accurate.

    The PC is without question the best gaming platform. PC exclusives are rare for one reason, piracy. It is incomparably easy to pirate a PC game over an Xbox game. The latter needs to be hardware modded, whereas the first just requires you to download software.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    If I had to choice between my PC and any or all of my consoles in the house.

    I would keep the PC. Sure it does more then just games. But don’t the PS3, xb360, and Wii also claim to do more then just games? Infact it is one of their often touted selling features. And while we are talking Games, PC can games just fine. PC gamers have been playing online and in HD before the consoles could even think about such a thing.

    Sure the article from those guys seems fishy. But it don’t matter, my pc isn’t going anywhere.

    #22 4 years ago

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