Market for High-end Gaming PCs Growing Despite Decline in Global PC Shipments
Gartner and IDC, the two renowned market research and tracking firms, have just reported on PC shipments around the world this quarter.
According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totaled 64.8 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 9.6 percent decline from the same quarter a year ago. Not only this represents the sixth consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines, but also marks the first time since 2007 that shipment volume dipped below 65 million units.
“The deterioration of local currencies against the U.S. dollar continued to play a major role in PC shipment declines. Our early results also show there was an inventory buildup from holiday sales in the fourth quarter of 2015,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
IDC reported a similar trend, with global PC shipments totalling 60.6 million units in Q1 2016, down 11.6 percent year-over-year. Do note however, these figures from IDC don’t include handheld PCs or Windows tablets with detachable keyboards.
While we’ve been hearing about PC market being on decline for the past few years, this doesn’t seem to affect PC gaming.
As noted by Jon Peddie Research (JPR) at the beginning of this year, the market for high end gaming PCs is still strong and growing, and is expected to see steady growth for the next several years. Which means the figures from Gartner and IDC mostly represent general purpose, low-end PCs that are shipped by Lenovo, Dell, and others.