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A new report by SuperData, that was released by Digital River, suggests that the focus of gaming market has changed. Gone are the time when people used to game primarily on consoles; PC and Mobile has taken a significant chunk of gamers today.
According to this report, in 2008, consoles were leading the industry with about 42% user share, PCs at 37% and mobiles at just 5%. Seems like the tables have turned now as more users are turning towards PC and Mobile. While it is true that the numbers of gamers have also increased exponentially, the increase is happening mostly in PC or Mobile market share. Console market share, while still big, is starting to look smaller when compared to PC.
The report also suggests that the industry is heading for a crash soon if things remain this way. It cites the infamous 1983 video game market crash and states that industry is heading to a similar crash soon. As posted by GameIndustry.biz, the report states
“Industry veterans will remember the crash of 1983, when the games market was saturated with hardware devices,” the report states. “Today, the industry runs a similar risk, as [with] a higher-than-ever console installed base, consumers may be resistant to adding more hardware to their living rooms.”
While the reception for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is overwhelming, it won’t be surprising to see them struggling to sell based on the current market situation. Nintendo Wii U is suffering through a similar drought where it is having lackluster sales since its launch.
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