More US gamers use PCs than smartphones or tablets

Tuesday, 16th July 2013 04:05 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Significantly more polled US households report using PCs for games than smartphones or wireless devices.

DualShockers pulled this interesting comparison out of the ESA’s Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry 2013.

According to the ESA’s data, 68% of gaming happens on consoles; 63% on PC; 43% on smartphones; 37% on handheld consoles; and 30% on wireless devices, which presumably includes tablets.

Although adding smartphones and wireless devices together produces the largest category, it’s interesting to note that the PC, a multi-function device, is so close behind dedicated games consoles.

What makes this particularly timely is that VentureBeat declared the PC dead again last week following a drop in global shipments.

The report also produced last week’s revelation that women make up 45% of all gamers. DualShockers also found it interesting that action games outsold shooters last year.

If you’d like to mine the report for more statistics yourself, it is freely available as a PDF.

Thanks,, Lengendaryboss.



  1. bpcgos

    Splits console into 2 parts (for PS3 and X360) , and VOila, PC’s are number one (maybe I should split PC by 3 platform which is windows,mac, and Linux :D, but IMO it wouldnt be very significant although I’m glad that Linux and Mac are also very potential growing market for nowadays)

    Is there anymore reason to neglect PC platform for a publisher except for those damn ‘timed exclusivity’ deals ?? (starring at GTA V)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. dsr

    This is all nice and dandy except the problem is not PC gamer amount. Those are always high.
    The biggest problem is the lack of sales, or if you want to be specific, first week sales. And that problem is huge.
    How many of those 63% play facebook and free to play(LoL, TF2) or MMO games(like WoW)?
    How many of those 63% buy the new $60 game day one? Or even better, preorder it? I have a lot of games on Steam myself, but most of those are $5-$15 sales. And those money are spit in the ocean for publishers.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Mjorh

    Not surprised ! when it comes 2 PC , tablets n smartphones ,sure as hell every hardcore gamer will choose PC! tablets n smartphones are….eh in comparison 2 PC IMO.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. bpcgos

    That its great about PC, you can choose how much you want to spend from the AAA product available as long as you’ve such patience for waiting a sale. In the meanwhile, you can buy many great indie and classics PC game also for cheap (it will give you hours of fun more than todays game), plays something free and great like Outerwilds (‎), testing many great F2P like Planetside 2, Tribes Ascend,Dot A 2, etc. The choice is always us no matter what happened :D

    #4 1 year ago
  5. dsr

    And THAT is the exact problem I was talking about. Have you read my post?
    No one wants to spend time on AAA PC titles if they are not going to sell during the(most important) first week.
    This is why Rockstar don’t want to see GTA5 on PC right now.
    Its not the piracy hurting big titles on PC(But it sure does), its poor sales and reliance on discounted products.
    I’m the part of the problem too, sadly. I remember pirating the game and then buying it 75% off from Steam. That does not support the developers and publishers.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. backup

    PS3 Rules in Europe

    PC gamers are pirates

    GTA 5 and RDR not on PC go and beg in R* forums

    PC pirates buy games for 1 dollar and think they support developers

    #6 1 year ago
  7. undermyrules

    backup Rules in backup

    PC backup are backup

    backup and backup not on backup go and beg in backup

    PC backup buy games for 1 dollar and think they backup.

    Your brain is just like the sentence just doesnt make sense and you probably falled from a tree as a kid and is very damaged.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. loki

    Oh lol PC it is not PC games. Normal people use PC for work not for games. Totaly noobs article

    #8 1 year ago
  9. backup

    cry more pirate

    Your brain is just like the sentence above .
    it just doesnt make sense and you probably falled from a tree to toilet as a kid

    #9 1 year ago
  10. OwnedWhenStoned

    This article is a big net to catch trolls with.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Mjorh

    @6 , Man ur taking this pirate thing too seriously ! don’t wanna say its not serious but u r overreacting as if there is no sales n stuff on PC platforme or sth
    @8As u said “Normal”! when it comes to games n gamers its whole different story man

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Mjorh

    @12 You don’t worry about it man , they’ve made their money n they will n they don’t give a shit to us !

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Fin

    Jesus, don’t engage him ffs.


    Is a good point. The control MS and Sony have over the ecosystem means success is more likely on console, compared to PC, where there’s far greater breath of choice and business models.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Llewelyn_MT

    The amount of money a publisher makes off a -50% Steam sale of a cheaper copy on PC is still about the same as day one console sale. MS and Sony take a huge cut.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. TheWulf

    Those numbers are very interesting because consoles. What this means is that you have half those numbers playing on the XBox/Playstation respectively versus the PC. And that number is further diluted if you add the Wii and the Wii U, which I’m sure some people must have.

    But let’s be generous and say that it’s half and half, rounding up. That’s 34% for each console versus 63% for the PC. I’m not sure whether I’m surprised by those numbers or not.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. TheWulf


    Hahaha, damn. Didn’t see someone had beat me to that realisation.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. TheWulf


    And console owners continue to display their elitism. PC Master Race my arse.

    A game is a game, it doesn’t matter what kind of game it is, it’s still a game. Pulling shenanigans based upon design ethos or genre is base elitism, and it reflects badly upon you.

    And sales? What about the indie devs who’ve said that they’ve made more in one sale (be it Humble, Steam, or similar) than they have in many years on any given console marketplace? Do you think that counts as poor sales?

    You’re so programmed into poor consumerism that it wraps around into brand zombie elitism. That only games like Call of Duty are proper games, and only games sold at fifty quid generate profits!

    You are so brainwashed. It’s not even funny.

    This is what makes me glad I’m a PC gamer. The PC invites in sensible economics and consumerism, and this works brilliantly for everyone involved. Not just the buyers, but for indie devs and such, too.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. DrDamn

    You might want to check what the majority of the games being played are before taking the smug stance. Puzzle and Casual rank very highly.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. TheWulf


    The PC has a broader demographic than the consoles, which you’ve already admitted to yourself. How can I explain this to you? Let’s say that a marketing campaign convinces a person that horror stories are the only valid kinds of stories, they come around to believing this, and they continue to believe it because it’s all they’ve ever read. They then come to the conclusion, as marketing desires, that the only proper kinds of books are horror stories, and all non-horror books are just faux writing efforts and not proper books at all. Savvy?

    That’s essentially what you’re saying. There are many demographics that enjoy many kinds of games on the PC. All of them are valid. Saying that any of them are not is a fallacy, and one that you’ve likely been brainwashed into accepting, like a good little brand zombie. And that’s disappointing. It makes me sad to think that people like that actually exist, people who aren’t self aware enough to actually realise when this has happened.

    Just because it’s of a game type that you’ve been programmed not to like through endless marketing campaigns, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a valid type of game. This goes for genres and types of design ethos. They’re all valid, and you can say you don’t like them (like I hate WoW), but you can’t say that they’re not valid gaming entries, because that’s just programmed elitism talking.

    It’s funny that console owners are the only ones displaying elitism in this thread.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. TheWulf


    Again, brainwashed brand zombie elitism. That’s just elitism.

    A game is a game, and completely valid as a game, whether you like it or not. You’re just so brainwashed, good grief. This is one of the reasons I don’t own a console, because it groups me in with people like you.

    You can’t tell someone that the games they like to play aren’t valid games just because they’re not the sorts of games that you like. That’s bullshit.

    Even Cow Clicker is a game when it comes down to it. :P

    Though, frankly, if we’re going to play your game I’d say that indie games are better at being games than console mainstream. Call of Duty has what for gameplay? It almost plays itself. Assassin’s Creed has you mash two buttons to win (it’s basically Cow Clicker in an open world when you get right down to it), it has what for gameplay? Now compare that with The Swapper, Bastion, and Pid.

    See? You can’t say that a game isn’t a game because you don’t like it, it just doesn’t work, and it can go both ways.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. DrDamn

    Of course they are games, I didn’t say they weren’t. I’m saying that a person who infects next gen console threads with crap about tessellation being exclusive to PCs might not think they are.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. TheWulf


    What are you even saying, there? I actually don’t understand. Could you reiterate that in a way that’s marginally readable?

    It’s hard to have a debate with people when you can’t understand what they’re actually saying, or if they’re even trying to make a point.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Gekidami

    Your Facebook games are fine and all, sure they’re ‘games’. But those doing well isnt going to make Triple A making publishers say “We need to be on PC”, which is what bpcgos seems to be saying and is the point being contested. Though its good to see the amazing all to common hypocrisy of one of the sites biggest PC fan Nazis going on about “console elitism” and being a “brand zombie”. Quite hilarious.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. TheWulf


    I’ve been thinking on this and I’m still trying to understand. Do you mean that puzzle games don’t have tessellation?

    Is that what you meant?

    Well, no, they don’t. But the point I was making was that the PC has a wider demographic than the consoles. So whilst you may get an open world game with incredible tessellation and top notch fidelity, you’d also get a puzzle game which doesn’t have those features. That’s because certain features of graphical fidelity are only valid considering certain genres of games.

    However, just because something doesn’t have an open world with top notch fidelity, it doesn’t mean it’s not a game. Your original point was that because a puzzle game doesn’t have a multi-million budget with all of the special effects, that it isn’t a game. My point was that I agree.

    My point in other threads was that if you want a game which is a multi-million budget effort with all of the special effects, then the PC will do that better too because it can do things like tessellation, which the console can’t. My point is that the PC gets it both ways. We get all of the games, all of the kinds of games. Just because the consoles don’t get certain kinds of games whilst the PC does, it doesn’t mean that those extra games aren’t games, which is what you were saying.

    Graphical fidelity is nice for certain genres of games, but it’s not necessary for all of them. On the PC you have a much, much wider variety of games than you do on the consoles. So, yes, graphical fidelity in regards to things like tessellation matters, but so does having an open market so that indies can thrive on the PC where they never could on the consoles.

    Understand now?

    #24 1 year ago
  25. TheWulf


    “Your Facebook games are fine and all, sure they’re ‘games’.”

    Dripping with coagulated elitism there, I see. Oh, the ‘games’ you peasants play are fiiine… good grief. You’re worse than any PC gamer could ever be. Ever.

    “But those doing well isnt going to make Triple A making publishers say “We need to be on PC”, which is what bpcgos seems to be saying and is the point being contested.”

    If the game fits the demographic it will be sold. Actually selling a game on the merits of it being good and fitting a demographic is better than selling a game on the merit of holding the market captive, or selling it only via advertising which only the triple-A titles can afford.

    The point is is that indies can compete with triple-A titles in the PC space and that’s what you’re noticing. That’s a good thing. I’d be flabbergasted at anyone programmed enough to think that that wasn’t.

    “Though its good to see the amazing all to common hypocrisy of one of the sites biggest PC fan Nazis going on about “console elitism” and being a “brand zombie”. Quite hilarious.”

    Wow, you just Gowdin’d me. You’re really special, you are. Only a very special person feels that they need to Godwin to make an argument.

    And whilst your post is dripping with elitism, mine isn’t.

    Do I really need to say anything else? You’ve proved my point for me. Thanks.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Gekidami

    “Dripping with coagulated elitism there, I see. Oh, the ‘games’ you peasants play are fiiine… good grief. You’re worse than any PC gamer could ever be. Ever.”


    #26 1 year ago
  27. TheWulf


    Dropping a link doesn’t make it true, especially when you don’t actually explain how it’s relevant. In fact, doing that without even knowing how it’s relevant yourself is just as bad as dropping a Godwin-bomb in a debate.

    You continue to be very special.

    I’m waiting for you to explain the relevance. Go on.

    And still waiting. >_>

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Gekidami

    “Debate”? Dude, seriously. Or more to the point, not-so-seriously.

    You need to put down that PC defenders shield for a bit and smell the roses.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. TheWulf

    Okay, I think I’ve discounted #29 as a very poor pseudo-intellectual wannabe at this point, with his dropping of links without even being sure of what they mean. And that Godwin, did you see that Godwin? Good grief, where did he learn how to debate? 4chan?

    I don’t really think anything else needs to be said, so I’ll leave it at that.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Gekidami

    PC fanboy is so elitist he thinks the comments section on a videogames site is an academic debate arena. Of course, defending the PC against those evil console doers who just want to destroy all that is good in this world is serious business.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. TheWulf

    Anyone else want to talk about this for a bit? Intelligent (as in, not 4chan) discussion would be nice.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. TheWulf


    That’s not what elitist means, guy. That’s not what elitist means. I think you want ‘entitled,’ if you’d like to be accurate. Please… go back to 4chan. Please?

    #32 1 year ago
  33. DrDamn

    On the whole Console/PC debate. It’s about the games and how you want to consume them. Graphics are a nicety. Some people want the absolute best graphics and the PC is there to cater for those (and many other needs), some people prefer to game on consoles for a variety of reasons. That’s good for them too. Both are perfectly valid choices that a lot of people make in a well informed way for their needs.

    If you want to game on consoles it’s still perfectly fine to want the graphic niceties too, and the next gen consoles cater for that.

    For reference GT6 on the PS3 does tessellation. There is nothing that makes it exclusive to the PC. I believe Direct X is just supporting it in a standard way. It’s a standard graphical technique (supported by OpenGL too) which is not exclusive to PCs or Direct X.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. DrDamn

    Put it this way. Why does your first comment even matter? Isn’t it just as elitist as the hardcore/casual comments? Headline here is lots of people enjoy games. That’s a good thing what ever they are playing and whatever they are playing it on.

    #34 1 year ago

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