PC gaming hardware market growing despite rising competition
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Surprisingly to some (including myself), PC gaming hardware has been flying off the shelves as of late. The growing number of people moving to consoles and mobile platforms hasn't seemed to hinder PC gaming one bit. In fact, quite the opposite scenario is playing out. For 2012, researchers are predicting PC gaming hardware will generate 23.6 billion in total, which is just staggering.

Considering the lineup of AAA games headed to the PC in 2012/2013, I think we can rest assured that the recent trend will continue. Games like Diablo III, Max Payne 3, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, WOW:Mists of Pandaria and Borderlands 2 all slated to come to the PC in the near future.

So what do all the naysayers have to say about this? Still think it was wise to ditch your gaming PC for an XBOX 360?

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Surprisingly to some (including myself), PC gaming hardware has been flying off the shelves as of late. The growing number of people moving to consoles and mobile platforms hasn't seemed to hinder PC gaming one bit. In fact, quite the opposite scenario is playing out. For 2012, researchers are predicting PC gaming hardware will generate 23.6 billion in total, which is just staggering.



Considering the lineup of AAA games headed to the PC in 2012/2013, I think we can rest assured that the recent trend will continue. Games like Diablo III, Max Payne 3, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, WOW:Mists of Pandaria and Borderlands 2 all slated to come to the PC in the near future.



So what do all the naysayers have to say about this? Still think it was wise to ditch your gaming PC for an XBOX 360?



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#1
Posted 05/03/2012 11:59 PM   
wait what? haha i read an article recently about microsoft saying that there are a lot more people using the xbox 360 for watching movies, listening to music and what not. /blarg.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':/' /> so yeah it's news to me that more are switching to console gaming it's hard to believe.
wait what? haha i read an article recently about microsoft saying that there are a lot more people using the xbox 360 for watching movies, listening to music and what not. /blarg.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':/' /> so yeah it's news to me that more are switching to console gaming it's hard to believe.

#2
Posted 05/04/2012 01:45 AM   
[quote name='Nchanten' date='03 May 2012 - 06:45 PM' timestamp='1336095952' post='1404045']
wait what? haha i read an article recently about microsoft saying that there are a lot more people using the xbox 360 for watching movies, listening to music and what not. /blarg.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':/' /> so yeah it's news to me that more are switching to console gaming it's hard to believe.
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I thought the statistic was 12% of console owners do not play games... :shrug:
[quote name='Nchanten' date='03 May 2012 - 06:45 PM' timestamp='1336095952' post='1404045']

wait what? haha i read an article recently about microsoft saying that there are a lot more people using the xbox 360 for watching movies, listening to music and what not. /blarg.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':/' /> so yeah it's news to me that more are switching to console gaming it's hard to believe.





I thought the statistic was 12% of console owners do not play games... :shrug:



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#3
Posted 05/04/2012 11:37 AM   
That is amazing ! Long Live PC gaming /thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />
That is amazing ! Long Live PC gaming /thumbup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbup:' />

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#4
Posted 05/04/2012 12:09 PM   
[quote name='Luke_SLI' date='04 May 2012 - 11:37 AM' timestamp='1336131455' post='1404178']
I thought the statistic was 12% of console owners do not play games... :shrug:
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yeah that part i missed, more people using the 360 for movies and music vs. using it for gaming
[quote name='Luke_SLI' date='04 May 2012 - 11:37 AM' timestamp='1336131455' post='1404178']

I thought the statistic was 12% of console owners do not play games... :shrug:







yeah that part i missed, more people using the 360 for movies and music vs. using it for gaming

#5
Posted 05/04/2012 01:05 PM   
When you think about it, why would play on a console when you can play accross three monitors on a PC. There is nothing in the console that comes close to this. The way I look at it, is if you want to play the games the way it was meant to be, you have to go all out and, yes it is expensive, but what an experience.
When you think about it, why would play on a console when you can play accross three monitors on a PC. There is nothing in the console that comes close to this. The way I look at it, is if you want to play the games the way it was meant to be, you have to go all out and, yes it is expensive, but what an experience.

#6
Posted 05/04/2012 02:46 PM   
[quote name='Genesis1' date='04 May 2012 - 07:46 AM' timestamp='1336142808' post='1404251']
When you think about it, why would play on a console when you can play accross three monitors on a PC. There is nothing in the console that comes close to this. The way I look at it, is if you want to play the games the way it was meant to be, you have to go all out and, yes it is expensive, but what an experience.
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I am a PC gamer and probably always will be, 3d Vision Surround on my main PC, 25X16 30" on the other.

However, when I watch my son play his PS3 on the 60" LED tv with sound through the surround system, it doesn't "suck".

I'd say both have their place, and pros/cons.

For me, I've been PC gaming since I was playing PacMan and Defender knock offs on my Apple II+ in the 80s and will never stop. /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':biggrin:' />
[quote name='Genesis1' date='04 May 2012 - 07:46 AM' timestamp='1336142808' post='1404251']

When you think about it, why would play on a console when you can play accross three monitors on a PC. There is nothing in the console that comes close to this. The way I look at it, is if you want to play the games the way it was meant to be, you have to go all out and, yes it is expensive, but what an experience.





I am a PC gamer and probably always will be, 3d Vision Surround on my main PC, 25X16 30" on the other.



However, when I watch my son play his PS3 on the 60" LED tv with sound through the surround system, it doesn't "suck".



I'd say both have their place, and pros/cons.



For me, I've been PC gaming since I was playing PacMan and Defender knock offs on my Apple II+ in the 80s and will never stop. /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':biggrin:' />

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#7
Posted 05/04/2012 05:11 PM   
PC gaming, even with ups and downs, [i]cant[/i] die.

While a lot of you have been playing on your PCs for quite a lot longer than I have (obviously), how many of you began at the age of four or five? /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':biggrin:' />

I've been playing on the PC since 1999 when I saw my first PC. It had Windows 98SE :P I was only 4 at the time /clap.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':clap:' />
PC gaming, even with ups and downs, cant die.



While a lot of you have been playing on your PCs for quite a lot longer than I have (obviously), how many of you began at the age of four or five? /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':biggrin:' />



I've been playing on the PC since 1999 when I saw my first PC. It had Windows 98SE :P I was only 4 at the time /clap.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':clap:' />

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#8
Posted 05/04/2012 07:44 PM   
I think I was around 8 when I started pc gaming, although I think I was 3 or 4 when I started playing games (first game was sonic 2 on mega drive/genesis). Age of empires was the first game I played on PC, got it for free.
I think I was around 8 when I started pc gaming, although I think I was 3 or 4 when I started playing games (first game was sonic 2 on mega drive/genesis). Age of empires was the first game I played on PC, got it for free.
#9
Posted 05/04/2012 08:19 PM   
I've been into PC's since I was a wee lad. I always excelled with PC's in general, as working with hardware and software just comes naturally to me. However, as far as gaming goes I turned to consoles first. I owned every major console that was released up until the XBOX 360.

I didn't seriously get into PC gaming until I played Half-life 2 when it launched. That game really drew me in to the PC as a platform. I haven't looked back since and I'm sure I never will. It's just a shame that PC gaming is such an expensive hobby, lol.
I've been into PC's since I was a wee lad. I always excelled with PC's in general, as working with hardware and software just comes naturally to me. However, as far as gaming goes I turned to consoles first. I owned every major console that was released up until the XBOX 360.



I didn't seriously get into PC gaming until I played Half-life 2 when it launched. That game really drew me in to the PC as a platform. I haven't looked back since and I'm sure I never will. It's just a shame that PC gaming is such an expensive hobby, lol.

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#10
Posted 05/04/2012 10:02 PM   
[quote name='slamscaper' date='05 May 2012 - 11:02 AM' timestamp='1336168945' post='1404411']
It's just a shame that PC gaming is such an expensive hobby, lol.
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Actually it can be quite cheap.
an i3 processor with 4gigs of ram and a fairly descent mobo with geforce gtx 460 powered by a 500w psu can run pretty much any game at 1920x1080. no need to worry about monitor either if you can connect it to your home tv.
the above was pretty much my previous computer that i sold and i could run BF3 beautifully at high settings no problem.
as long as consoles are holding PCs back we can be assured that even a cheap computer can be enough to enjoy the benefits of PC gaming.
[quote name='slamscaper' date='05 May 2012 - 11:02 AM' timestamp='1336168945' post='1404411']

It's just a shame that PC gaming is such an expensive hobby, lol.



Actually it can be quite cheap.

an i3 processor with 4gigs of ram and a fairly descent mobo with geforce gtx 460 powered by a 500w psu can run pretty much any game at 1920x1080. no need to worry about monitor either if you can connect it to your home tv.

the above was pretty much my previous computer that i sold and i could run BF3 beautifully at high settings no problem.

as long as consoles are holding PCs back we can be assured that even a cheap computer can be enough to enjoy the benefits of PC gaming.

#11
Posted 05/05/2012 12:53 PM   
I wouldn't exactly call it an expensive hobby. I play currently on a 1280x1024 monitor with just a core 2 duo e4500, 3gb ram and a HD5570. Cost me £250 4 years ago (with discounts from dell) but I also bought the HD5570 for £60 when it was released over 2 years ago. Works good enough for me, pc gaming isn't all about the graphics thankfully.
I wouldn't exactly call it an expensive hobby. I play currently on a 1280x1024 monitor with just a core 2 duo e4500, 3gb ram and a HD5570. Cost me £250 4 years ago (with discounts from dell) but I also bought the HD5570 for £60 when it was released over 2 years ago. Works good enough for me, pc gaming isn't all about the graphics thankfully.
#12
Posted 05/05/2012 05:03 PM   
[quote name='infernox' date='05 May 2012 - 01:03 PM' timestamp='1336237391' post='1404651']
I wouldn't exactly call it an expensive hobby. I play currently on a 1280x1024 monitor with just a core 2 duo e4500, 3gb ram and a HD5570. Cost me £250 4 years ago (with discounts from dell) but I also bought the HD5570 for £60 when it was released over 2 years ago. Works good enough for me, pc gaming isn't all about the graphics thankfully.
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It all depends on the level of expectation in hardware, and how far you are willing to push the boundaries of your hardware. That is excluding advanced cooling techniques and aesthetic modifications.

Entry level PC consumers and enthusiasts are two entirely different breeds...my annual accumulation in PC expense may frighten you. [/i]

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[quote name='infernox' date='05 May 2012 - 01:03 PM' timestamp='1336237391' post='1404651']

I wouldn't exactly call it an expensive hobby. I play currently on a 1280x1024 monitor with just a core 2 duo e4500, 3gb ram and a HD5570. Cost me £250 4 years ago (with discounts from dell) but I also bought the HD5570 for £60 when it was released over 2 years ago. Works good enough for me, pc gaming isn't all about the graphics thankfully.





It all depends on the level of expectation in hardware, and how far you are willing to push the boundaries of your hardware. That is excluding advanced cooling techniques and aesthetic modifications.



Entry level PC consumers and enthusiasts are two entirely different breeds...my annual accumulation in PC expense may frighten you.




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#13
Posted 05/05/2012 05:20 PM   
[quote name='Righthooks' date='05 May 2012 - 06:20 PM' timestamp='1336238414' post='1404657']
[i]
It all depends on the level of expectation in hardware, and how far you are willing to push the boundaries of your hardware. That is excluding advanced cooling techniques and aesthetic modifications.

Entry level PC consumers and enthusiasts are two entirely different breeds...my annual accumulation in PC expense may frighten you. [/i]

-Hooks
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Exactly my point. I think most true enthusiast PC gamers want the most power they can have within their respective budgets. This often leads to spending money we probably shouldn't, but then again we wouldn't have it any other way.

I know that I would not be currently satisfied with anything less than a single GTX 580. There a few a games I play that barely perform up to my standards at 1920 x 1200. The GTX 480 was almost enough for me, but the performance boost I received when I upgraded to the 580 was most welcomed.
[quote name='Righthooks' date='05 May 2012 - 06:20 PM' timestamp='1336238414' post='1404657']



It all depends on the level of expectation in hardware, and how far you are willing to push the boundaries of your hardware. That is excluding advanced cooling techniques and aesthetic modifications.



Entry level PC consumers and enthusiasts are two entirely different breeds...my annual accumulation in PC expense may frighten you.




-Hooks





Exactly my point. I think most true enthusiast PC gamers want the most power they can have within their respective budgets. This often leads to spending money we probably shouldn't, but then again we wouldn't have it any other way.



I know that I would not be currently satisfied with anything less than a single GTX 580. There a few a games I play that barely perform up to my standards at 1920 x 1200. The GTX 480 was almost enough for me, but the performance boost I received when I upgraded to the 580 was most welcomed.

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#14
Posted 05/05/2012 06:08 PM   
Don't get me wrong, I want better hardware and monitor, just don't have the funds. At the end of the day, all that matters to me is that I can play the games I have at over 30fps at my res. Sacrifice graphical quality (and some of the awe) but I still get the gameplay.
Don't get me wrong, I want better hardware and monitor, just don't have the funds. At the end of the day, all that matters to me is that I can play the games I have at over 30fps at my res. Sacrifice graphical quality (and some of the awe) but I still get the gameplay.
#15
Posted 05/05/2012 09:29 PM   
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