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PC gaming surges, while the rest of the PC market declines

Question asked by kingfish on Jan 24, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 24, 2017 by black_zion

"Over the last few years, PC manufacturers have debuted a wide variety of system designs in an increasingly desperate attempt to reverse dwindling sales. With the PC market now in its sixth straight year of decline, it’s obvious these efforts have met with minimal success. At best, they’ve blunted the impact of an unprecedented downturn. PC gaming, however, is a distinct reversal of this trend."

"The total market for PC gaming hardware (including gaming accessories) broke $30 billion for the first time in 2016. "

"The strongest market for PC gaming in terms of year-on-year growth was the Asia-Pacific region, where PC gaming has relatively little competitive threat, thanks to long-term restrictions on console sales in certain countries (some of those restrictions have lifted recently, but PC gaming remains dominant in some Asia Pacific markets).

Demand for high-end systems that cost multiple thousands of dollars is strongest in the West and European markets, while the Asian markets prefer lower-end to midrange hardware. This likely explains why AMD has launched several Radeon SKUs specifically for the Chinese market — it makes good sense to do so, given spending patterns."

PC gaming surges, while the rest of the PC market declines - ExtremeTech