The PC market as a whole is booming with continued declining sales, but there is a category that goes against the flow. Computer gaming is now commonplace among the common man, who defies the downturn and buys more powerful machines to power the latest titles.
More demanding game titles are accompanied by screens in the 27-inch class or larger with the resolution 4K UHD, which so slowly drops in price. According to research firm Jon Peddie Research, this creates a greater incentive for new screen purchases than any other technology shift in the last 15 years.
The upgrade of screens is expected to bring in several billion dollars extra in revenue for the industry in the coming years and is also predicted to have a positive effect on the component market, as more powerful hardware is required to run games in the gold standard 60 frames per second (FPS). For virtual reality, at least twice as much is required, states the report’s sender Ted Pollak.
For 2015, sales of PC gaming hardware are expected to be at a similar level as for 2014, which landed at just under $ 25 billion. That more and more people are sitting on higher-resolution screens, on the other hand, is believed to be a growth engine for the segment, which is forecast to grow to around 30 billion in 2018.