PC Sales Experiencing “Longest Decline” Ever
With all this talk about the Xbox One and the PS4, we’ve somewhat neglected what thousands of gamers still consider their number one gaming device; the PC. Sadly though, returning to news of the desktop gaming device (or work, when you’re not too busy) doesn’t really put a smile on my face, as a new report confirms that the PC market is suffering, and it’s all Apple’s fault.
That’s harsh, I know. But, simply put, PC sales are giving way to more and more tablet sales.
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Research firm Gartner has reported on results gathered by its analysts regarding worldwide sales of PC’s. The report states that worldwide PC shipments fell to 76 million units in the second quarter of this year, a 10.9% drop from this period last year. Even worse is the fact that this is the fifth consecutive quarter with a decline in sales, making this period officially the “the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history.”
Now before everyone jumps the shark and starts proclaiming that PC gaming is dying, just like every other year since 1999, let’s take a closer look. The study only takes into account desktops that are sold and shipped as a whole product, disregarding, or ignoring, PC components sold separately. In other words, this study hardly accounts for PC’s used for gaming, as most people buy individual components and build it themselves. Desktops that are sold as whole are usually used in homes and offices, so it’s no wonder that these sales are losing out to the growing tablet market.
That said, gaming on tablets is becoming increasingly impressive, but I personally doubt it will ever become a “replacement” for the PC or consoles. Basically, PC gaming isn’t going anywhere just yet.