PC games sales up 230%, Console game sales down 28%


/ by Menashe

PC games sales up 230%, Console game sales down 28%

With Microsoft and Sony taking their time in ending the lifespan of their current systems, PC games could see a resurgence.

A decade ago the PC was the system of choice for many video gamers who wanted the best graphics, the most cutting-edge gaming experience and the ability to play with friends online. Before the arrival of the Xbox and PS2 from Sony, the PC was the dominant system for multiplayer action-based games.

Times changed. Consoles, for a time, seemed to have shifted predominantly into gamers’ cross-hairs.

Fortune writes:

“Times could be changing again, however. According to industry analyst NPD Group, sales of video-game hardware software and even accessories fell for a sixth consecutive month in May, tumbling 28% from a year earlier to $517 million. And with the release of Blizzard’s Diablo III, May also saw the first time since July 2010 that the top-selling game overall was a PC-only title. That boosted PC video games sales up year-over-year to 230% or $80 million.”

Is this trend going to escalate? With the popularity of Steam, only available on PC, gamers may be finding more and more satisfaction in playing in their private bedrooms on a PC rather than heading towards the TV in the living room. Are we seeing a comeback of PC gaming?

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6 comments
LOL
LOL

nice 3 screen monitor setup for that driving game! if only the screen didnt have frames and was that bendy. i can see the future XD

Bob E.
Bob E.

This all comes out before Halo 4 and COD Black Op2 II came out. The numbers for console sales will dwarf the PC sales of any game. Also until now only PC games have MMOG which is going to change soon.

Michael Saunders
Michael Saunders

It's very nice that you want to praise Diablo and PC gaming. I'm a PC gamer myself but this article is completely stupid. It only takes a bit of basic knowledge of the games industry to see that the reason PC hardware sales have dropped is because most games are still stuck on DX9 so buying the best DX11 cards are just a waste of money to anyone but enthusiasts. You didn't even mention other popular PC games which came out this year and stormed the gaming industry. Skyrim is a simple example because for a long while it was played more on steam (by a significant number) than other releases like MW3 and even TF2 which is FREE! You also haven't done enough research into Steam obviously because Gabe Newell has speculated for a few months now about the Steam-box, a new console using Steam. "Times changed. Consoles, for a time, seemed to have shifted predominantly into gamers’ cross-hairs." Right there is a statement without any backing up. All statements like that should be backed up if not with sources at least some sort of justification as to why you said it. PC gaming has always had a stronger backing that consoles. Just look at games like World of Warcraft, Starcraft and many others. They all have MASSIVE followings as PC exclusives. What you also didn't account for is that most people who play games on PC also own games consoles and enjoy playing on them. The PC vs Console argument is retarded and so is this argument. PC's are more powerful, consoles are quicker and easier to use. That's all it comes down to.

tanto
tanto

no, not even a chance, 1 big selling pc game that moves the numbers isnt representative

Alex Balderas
Alex Balderas

I think the rising popularity of Indie games is definitely going to play a huge part in this. I think PC gaming is a very strange beast. While it might initially seem like a very expensive luxury (upwards of $600 for a decent gaming PC), it's not hard to change one's mind after seeing the endless stream of Steam sales and dirt-cheap Indie Bundles.

RageMojo
RageMojo

Compare the costs of a PC which has multi functions to the total cost spent setting up the console, the diffence is not that great. PC's offer far more than what the price difference reflects. And most games are $10 cheaper. Steam has 50-75% sales 5+ times a year. Also, my PC has been hooked up to my TV since 2006. I play PC games right on my tv.