Thriving Computer Graphics Market Belies PC Sales Slump, Will Top $142 Billion by 2016

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pastorbob

I'd be interested in seeing stats for CPU and motherboard sales as well.

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Scatter

If the PC is dying then who's buying all of these video cards and why?

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wumpus

The granny machine that only does facebook and web surfing is easily replaceable by a tablet. The same machine on an office drone's desk that does the same task (plus some broken enterprise app) is in the same condition.

The "gaming PC" isn't going anywhere (unless Oculus Rift liberates it from the desktop. Might take awhile before laptops are powering said rift). The catch is that as long as farmville and candy crush run away with profits, the pundits keep insisting they are the "big games" and ignore the traditional gaming market. You may have noticed that Haswel is essentially a mobile CPU and gives almost no improvement to desktop use, get used to it because desktop chips are likely going to be an afterthought pretty soon.

When PCs replaced the desktop, they mostly just disappeared into the dinosaur pens and kept running the payroll and banking apps. IBM's profits plunged. But the computers themselves kept plugging away, just without every stockbroker worshiping IBM.

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Baer

I think that now that there are new consoles out there the PC games will not have to be dummed down so much for use on a PC. The thriving GPU market may therefore get an even bigger boost.

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EKRboi

On the PC gaming side.. There really hasn't been any huge innovations lately that lead many PC gamers to upgrade their whole rig. Seeing as how 4-5 year old cpus are still very capable of handling the cpu side of gaming. It is much cheaper to just upgrade the graphics card and maybe power supply if needed than to buy a whole new rig. On top of that people have had to find ways to cut costs to balance budgets in this economy. Lets be honest prices on gaming rigs tend to be ridiculous. It's much cheaper to build your own than to buy from an OEM or a boutique. I assume the DIY #'s are not added to the equation either.

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vrmlbasic

If it weren't for the "1440p" monitors sold by sketchy S. Korean sellers on eBay I might never need to upgrade my graphics cards from Radeon 68XXs with the way game development has been going. I wonder if my crossfire setup would be insufficient to play any of the DX 9.0C games thrown at it @ 1440...?

That my ancient Macbook Pro with a core 2 duo and Nvidia 8600 can play most every AAA title of late,providing a graphically superior experience to the 360 while doing so, that I've thrown at it really corroborates your point :(

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andrewc513

PC Gaming: Dying since 1985!

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Jaeger_CDN

like anything to do with statistics be it commercial, political, etc it's all to do with how you phrase the question so you can load the end result you want to hear.

This is the same BS that Microsoft just got caught with during the Xbone fiasco and how wonderful Win8 is doing in the marketplace.

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AFDozerman

Didn't we talk about this in the comments on another article a couple days ago, about how the whole post PC numbers weren't actually accounting for total shipments and only counting OEM shipments.

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Renegade Knight

We did, but unless small venders have taken over more of the market than the niche they already occupy it's a moot point. The market they do measure serves as a good proxy for the entire market.

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TommM

Yup. Sales figures for OEM only PC's and also software that doesn't take into account digital downloads make these "sky is falling" articles look absolutely ridiculous.

The industry as a whole is clearly thriving.

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John Pombrio

Yeah. Any statistic about PC gaming that does not include Steam Sales has got to be wildly skewed...

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vrmlbasic

If only that weren't true.

Alternatively, since we're beholden to Steam to game could Valve finally modernize the steam client into something that doesn't feel like a kludge, something that is more than a crummy web browser with some clunky trappings glued on? Perhaps they could spring for some extra servers and/or bandwidth so I don't lose my "connection to the steam server" during multiplayer matches?

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John Pombrio

That is called XBox live Gold service...

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vrmlbasic

? Steam is superior to XBL.

It remains inferior, vastly inferior, to the DRM-free experience that we should be having, however. Steam wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't the _only_ legal way to play many games.

With all of Valve's resources their Steam client should be slick, streamlined and "professional grade". Yet it isn't. They can't even get their act together as they, yesterday, accidentally released a beta version to the masses which led to me having to "update my client" twice in 2 days.