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PC market has surpassed console - DFC

Research firm says broader audience has helped push global computer revenues above those of living room counterparts

It's no secret that the PC market and the console market have been headed in opposite directions in recent years, but DFC Intelligence's David Cole said the computer market has actually overtaken consoles in worldwide revenues.

Speaking with PCR recently, Cole said, "On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase... Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."

Cole has been bullish on PC prospects for a while. Earlier this year, he projected the global PC business to surpass $25 billion in 2014.

The analyst also noted a handful of trends regarding the PC market, including dominance of the MOBA genre, a blurring of the line between PCs and mobile devices, and impressive longevity of hit titles on PC. With a paucity of major releases last year (no 2013 releases cracked the group's top 20 list for the year), DFC had expected the time players spent on PC games to fall. However, the hours were actually flat year-over-year.

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis2 years ago
I remember when the headlines were about how PC gaming was dead. How times change.

I wonder how much of this has been to do with Microsoft and Sony running the last gen console life cycle for longer and how much has been the uptake of games like League of Legends on PC.
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster2 years ago
I have assumed the lack of comment is due to the lack of surprise for readers here.

I think a lot of people generally however are not aware of quite how strong the dektop PC is as a gaming device today, even with alternatives available.

During years of claiming "PC gaming is dead" I saw growth and publishers taking advantage of several opportunities with this incredibly ubiquitous platform.
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Andreia Quinta Creative & People Photographer, Studio52 London2 years ago
I can't resist, someone has to do it, and in this particular occasion I don't mind passing as the immature dude(te), so:

PC MASTER RACE! Raaawr! :3
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Matthew Bennett 3D Engine developer, Sitedesk2 years ago
No surprise what so ever here, admittedly PC gaming had a massive drop over a few years but that was simply because we weren't getting any AAA games or at least the ones we got were so horribly ported to the platform they weren't worth playing... It doesn't mean PC gamers went away or instantly stopped using their PC. We went for well developed indie games instead.

'My Death has been greatly exaggerated' Chris Roberts on PC games - 2012
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Nick Parker Consultant 2 years ago
Just a spurious piece of marketing for DFC. Maybe I could come out with "Free to play mobile overtakes pay to play" for free self publicity.
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Robert Mac-Donald Game Designer, Lethe Games2 years ago
Agree with Matthew. I pretty much stopped playing AAA games since 2011, so there is no point in owning a console when all I'm interested at is good small developer/indie games.

In fact, I'd be happy if we get a gamesindustrysmallerstudios.com for news related to the games and studios I actually care about now, most articles here are for consoles/AAA gaming and those are not news that get my attention enough to open the articles. Many of us are living in a completely separated ecosystem
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