While console plebs are busy keeping tallies on the latest “units sold” numbers of platforms such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the glorious PC master race has upped the ante recently by reaching a new milestone.
The PC gaming market officially hit an all-time high in 2016 – generating more than $30 billion in sales.
The major bump isn’t exactly a global phenomenon, though. Jon Peddie Research, the market research firm that compiled this data, claims that a significant portion of PC gaming hardware sales has come from the Asia-Pacific region where PC gaming has exploded in popularity while consoles seem to be losing ground in these countries.
High-end PC gaming component purchases, however, are made in both North America and Europe.
So, what’s attracting so many gamers to the PC market recently? It seems that a lot of gamers are quickly becoming obsessed with higher resolutions and improved framerate speeds.
While console platforms like the PS4 and Xbox One offer a good bit in the visual department, many gamers are seeking even better graphics in the form of UHD. Likewise, gamers are beginning to notice the improvement of their gaming experiences when utilizing hardware that can sustain higher frame rates and less input lag.
Will more gamers flock to PC in the near future? It’s hard to say. Despite a growing demand for PC gaming, consoles certainly aren’t dying off.
The PlayStation 4 has sold more than 50 million units globally. Microsoft’s Xbox One has sold approximately 36 million units. Both have been on the market since 2013. New versions of the platforms with more robust features are also being released.
The PS4 Pro, an upgraded PlayStation 4 console with improved hardware, was made available in late 2016. Microsoft is expected to release a new console, currently dubbed the Xbox Scorpio, around the holiday season of 2017.
While there have been rumors swirling about both Sony and Microsoft ditching consoles for an upgradeable, more powerful platform similar to a PC, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see consoles become completely irrelevant in the foreseeable future.
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