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Gartner Says PC Will "Cease to be Important Game Platform"

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Research firm Gartner has a dim view of the PC gaming market.

By the end of this year, the global games industry is expected to top $93 billion in revenue according to the Gartner research firm – a new record. It's a truly staggering figure and it dwarfs Hollywood's $10.8 billion in box office revenues and $32 billion from television royalty fees. The firm also predicts growth by $8 billion in 2014 and almost $10 billion to $111 billion in 2015. Predicted sales of mobile games are also expected to jump from $9.3 billion in 2012 to $22 billion in 2015.

Dedicated handheld devices are projected to decline by almost 33 percent over the next two years, and along with it PC games will "play a smaller role in the game market and cease to be important game platforms."

While Gartner is one of the biggest tech researchers around, its claim about PC games seems a bit off. Multiple other sources suggest that PC is the new top dog when it comes to actual market share.

With the growing influence of Steam and Good Old Games, it's hard to imagine consoles growing that much faster than PCs, but only time will tell.

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    spectrewind , November 2, 2013 2:15 AM
    PC gaming industry says Gartner will "Cease to be Important" about anything.

    Fixed.
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    ohim , November 2, 2013 2:22 AM
    This is funny because actual consoles are actually PC`s at base with custom OS....
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    makaveli316 , November 2, 2013 2:06 AM
    I say Gartner are idiots....
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    spectrewind , November 2, 2013 2:15 AM
    PC gaming industry says Gartner will "Cease to be Important" about anything.

    Fixed.
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    Krisk7 , November 2, 2013 2:18 AM
    Boring .... everytning will be PC at some point in the future :p 
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    Guillaume Merien , November 2, 2013 2:18 AM
    And this is total bullshit ;) 
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    ohim , November 2, 2013 2:22 AM
    This is funny because actual consoles are actually PC`s at base with custom OS....
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    tomfreak , November 2, 2013 2:22 AM
    Gabe from valves , Jen-Hsun from Nvidia, Rory Read from AMD disagree that.
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    rwinches , November 2, 2013 2:43 AM
    Gartner is and always was useless.
    I have read numerous Gartner docs and they are non-actionable crap.
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    rolandzhang3 , November 2, 2013 2:52 AM
    Haha funny joke
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    heero yuy , November 2, 2013 2:58 AM
    i think this stems from a company that knows nothing about gaming
    yes there are many many more console gamers compared to pc gamers because consoles are easier (buy console plug console in put game into console and play (more modern consoles you have to install to HDD) and they are cheaper in the short term (in the long run pc gaming is much cheaper than console gaming thanks to pc games just being cheaper things like the humble bundle and of course praise be to gaben - steam sales)
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    OldSchool84 , November 2, 2013 3:17 AM
    Lets just forget about the fact that PC's ALWAYS have the best hardware available to them. Lets forget that PC's are the most upgradable. Lets also forget that PC's run a million other programs perfectly and yet still be the best gaming platform. PC sales may rise or drop but you CAN'T take away their massive strengths compared to consoles just because you "predict" that sales will drop. New consoles come out and take the lime light off the PC but it never makes the PC irrelevant. People like Gartner say things like this to get publicity and now he has it. I would just leave it alone so that more people do not hear his name. Lets make him irrelevant.
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    ojas , November 2, 2013 3:19 AM
    Yeah right. Saying this at the point when the PC gaming industry is going through a Renaissance is sort of stupid.

    I'm actually disappointed that Tom's Hardware would decide to carry this news.
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    jscynder , November 2, 2013 3:25 AM
    hahahaha. Its not April fool's day Gartner.
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    HallusH , November 2, 2013 3:40 AM
    Researcher = "so i have this opinion which i totally didn't get paid to make and no way a promotion for this X product"
    "which i can't even back by any solid facts and for some reason someone pays me to do this. F YEAH!"

    Unless time traveling is a thing these numbers are pulled out of his A.
    It's if someone would look at number of employees that " Gartner " has and will say that based of the amount of BS they "research" by 2015 it will be closed.

    Or the fact they based it of "handheld video games" and "mobile games" going up.
    that for some reason will stop the request for big triple A titles or other games.
    99.9% of these mobile games are total horse sh*t.

    There not even an hint of solid predictions, which at least would give a sense of this isn't a waste of time.

    So even if by 2015 there's a 24inc table that gives me 120hz with G-sync at 4k-8k resolution.
    that i would be able to place on my desk and connect my mouse, keyboard and headset to.
    and play at 120fps in every game. And to which i can connect a rift or play with 3D etc.
    But all that would still be a PC in it's smaller form and not change how people use it and what they do with it.

    The best part was "US$1,295.00" to buy this full "research" document.
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    zahan , November 2, 2013 4:51 AM
    Gartner is full of crap, lol probly got there data from same people that said tablets were gonna kill off laptops. Silly lil people!!!!!
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    jimmkd84 , November 2, 2013 5:14 AM
    Goes to show how much Gartner knows
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    spentshells , November 2, 2013 5:17 AM
    Hook set......
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    SteelCity1981 , November 2, 2013 5:34 AM
    um consoles are becoming more and more pc like with each passing generation.
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    GoliathPtXs , November 2, 2013 5:45 AM
    i supose they think that PC enthusiasts buy extremely expensive hardware, mix match color in builds, spend thousands in awesome builds and more just for the lols...

    for tech researchers, they don't know much about who use the tech...
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    ddpruitt , November 2, 2013 5:49 AM
    I remember a few years ago that Gartner said there would be a huge increase in marketshare for the Windows OS and that it would put everything else to shame.

    Vista came out a week later.
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    elcentral , November 2, 2013 5:58 AM
    hes right you knowe, my steam library is almost gone, only 190 games and my new 290x radeon is so out dated i belibe ill go for xbox one, so they can charge me 2x the money for the same game, and so i cant use 50% of the features of the console in sweden.
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