A new report from Jon Peddie Research suggest that the PC gaming hardware market is now worth over $21.5 billion – over double the value of the console gaming market. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) said in its recently released PC Gaming Hardware Market report that PCs, associated upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming remain strong, despite an overall decline in the PC market. Ted Pollak, senior gaming analyst at JPR, said that while casual users were moving to mobile devices, PC gamers were actually investing more in high-end machines.
"We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile," said Pollak. "While this is also occurring in the lower-end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid- and high-range builds and upgrades by gamers."
"Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms," he added. "They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment."
According to JPR's report, the current $21.5 billion PC gaming hardware market is set to reach a total global value of $23.2 billion by 2017.