An industry analyst has claimed that the PC games market has now surpassed the console gaming sector.
David Cole, owner of games industry research agency DFC intelligence, told PCR magazine that PC games are now more popular than their console counterparts.
With a greater take-up of games, lower costs of gaming computers and a more comprehensive online gaming culture, the PC game market has overtaken standard consoles.
The typical PC gamer is no confined to being a computer expert with a £2000 gaming machine, now standard users have become engrossed. The rise of popular cheap or free play games has allowed anyone with practically any computer to become part of the PC gamer crowd. From online games like Minecraft to the immensely popular League of Legends, PC gaming has seized on a lull in the console market to pick up a swathe of new users.
Mr Cole does however believe that the new generation of consoles (XboxOne and PS4) will eventually sway the balance back towards specialist gaming machines.
“On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase.”
The move towards PC gaming may be party of a bigger industry shift. Although many gamers have both a PC and a console the ratio of those users has shifted towards the PC.
Mr Cole commented “Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience.”
The worldwide PC games market is expected to reach $26 billion in 2014 after a slow 2013 in North America and Europe.
We now wait to see if the console market picks up again as Sony and Microsoft begin to lower prices and the era of the ‘Home Entertainment Console’ is ushered in.