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Hear That Knocking Sound? Its PC Gaming!
Do you know what the opportunities are in PC gaming? Theyre probably better than you think. The PC gaming market is much bigger than consoles, both in installed base and in money made.
Sound hard to believe? Between how fast changes are happening in game models and distribution mechanisms, and the fact that industry reports only give a piece of the whole picture, its hard to get a really good feel for whats happening in PC gaming. And yet, knowing things like how many gaming PCs are out there, how much revenue PC games generate, what the most popular gaming styles are, etc., is critical to deciding what kind of game to build, how to generate revenue from it and how to distribute it.
Lets start with the question of whether there are more consoles or gaming PCs. Ive consulted reports from the usual suspects -- IDC, DFC, Mercury, NPD, In-Stat, Screen Digest, the PCGA and a bit of my own data -- to come up with the estimate in the graph below for how many units of each platform there are out there today, and how many will be out there over the next 5 years.
Source:Digital Media Online.
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