Anyone in the gaming community knows that PC is considered the best platform for gaming, regardless of which factors are being taken into consideration. Not everyone agrees with this of course, but there’s no denying that PC has a lot of advantages over consoles of any kind. Computers will always have more modifications and personalization available, as well as generally larger communities and modding capabilities. Furthermore, no matter how powerful consoles become, it is likely that you can build a better, faster, more powerful PC with enough money.
And yet, analyst firm Jon Peddie Research believes that roughly 20 million PC players are set to ditch PC gaming for future consoles by 2022. JPR often comments on the state of the PC gaming market, and they seem to firmly believe that TV consoles and cloud gaming, such as the recently announced Google Stadia, will draw away individuals from the PC gaming scene in great numbers.
With the aforementioned aspects of PC being true, one may wonder how 20 million people could possibly defect from the ‘PC master race.’ Thing is, JPR believes that the vast majority of these defectors will come from the low-end part of the community, with PCs that cost less than $1000 to buy or build. Of course $1000 sounds like a lot; TV consoles like the Xbox and the PlayStation generally end up being half that amount or less. But the truth is, really good PCs are huge investments. And ultimately, the next generation Sony and Microsoft consoles will probably be able to offer relatively similar performance to these ‘low-end PCs’, but at a significantly reduced cost.
This is especially true as console capabilities improve. Sony has already promised that their PlayStation 5 will be compatible with 8K graphics resolutions. And as processing, speed, and memory improve, there will probably be little reason to pay for something that can play games with only a mild advantage on a much smaller screen.
But, this isn’t to say that PC will lose its place entirely. In fact, JPR’s prediction has just as much of a chance of being wrong. After all, even if TV consoles begin to close the gap in performance that currently exists, PC will have the aforementioned advantages almost exclusively. PC never has to worry about a game being console exclusive. Nearly every game is made for PC these days. And as mentioned previously, the ability to mod games is a major draw for a lot of PC players, and that’s a feature Xbox and PlayStation are unlikely to have anytime soon, if ever.
In short, there’s no denying that TV consoles are catching up to their allegedly superior PC brethren. But ultimately, the fact remains that TV consoles can’t be really be modified all that much, and that means PCs will always have the advantage. It is unlikely that JPR prediction will come true in its entirety, regardless of the advances TV consoles make.
Source: Jon Peddie Research