Jon Peddie Research (shortened to JPR from now on) released a study that says up to twenty million people could switch to gaming platforms that could be used on a TV by 2022 – a prime example here could be the Google Stadia.
JPR thinks the low-end PC users will be the most affected in the „migration” between 2018 and 2022, which could involve as much as 20 million people, but a smaller portion of the hardcore PC users could also be switching. „The PC market continues to decline because the innovation that took place in the past providing speed ups and clever new things has all but stopped, plus the product introduction times are stretching out to four years. This is not a panic situation and the GPU market still generates incredible volume. However, there are forces at work that we predict will drive some of this business toward TV displays and associated gaming services,” Jon Peddie, the president of JPR says.
„We are observing a higher percentage of Low/Mid-Range PC products sold because of the consumer’s intent to use with games. This, unfortunately, does not generate more volume but does guide research and design as well as marketing investments for hardware providers and foreshadows the ultimate use model of the PC, a desktop ergonomic gaming/computing environment that embraces user choice and customization. Gaming services used with TV displays, whether local or cloud-based, will absorb PC defectors and likely flourish with new entrants. In the next five years, we will see potential customers with access to TV gaming swell by hundreds of millions,” Ted Pollak, JPR’s senior gaming industry analyst added.
We have to add that it’s not sure if a lot of people will indeed abandon the PC, because we might only see an expansion of the gaming industry’s reach, and the hardcore gamers would expect a similar quality experience that a local PC could offer. However, even Microsoft said that their cloud service, xCloud, will not reach the same level…
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