PC Game Spending Sets Highest Revenue Recorded Ever in 2016

PC gaming is far from dying, in fact it’s hitting record numbers.

There are pros and cons to gaming on a console vs a PC, but there are certain facts that can’t really be debated. You can build a more powerful PC for roughly the same cost as a console, give or take, and you can do a lot more with it. If you have a higher budget, you can absolutely blow console performance and graphics out of the water, if you’re into that sort of thing. You don’t have to pay a monthly or yearly fee to play your PC games online. PC games typically have a lot more options for modding and fun stuff like that.

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Some of the advantages of consoles are a lower initial investment (even thought you end up paying more for games and online services in the long run), they’re convenient to plug into your TV and go, you don’t have to worry about viruses, chances are most of your friends are playing on console, and some great exclusive titles.

We’re not here to debate which is better, that’s a personal choice and it’s never a bad thing for gamers to have options. 

image: steamcommunity.com

image: steamcommunity.com

Despite those advantages of consoles, people are still flocking to PC gaming in record numbers. According to research by a firm called JPR, we’re living in a golden age of PC gaming. More consumer spending leads to bigger and better budgets for development, not just of engines and games, but also when it comes to hardware.

The PC gaming market, in 2016, was worth a staggering 30 billion dollars. The Asia-Pacific region is showing the most growth, due to “an entrenched PC gaming culture, large population, and a lack of significant console traction.”

One of the catalysts for the success of PC gaming sales is the vast array of choices that gamers have:

“The desktop ergonomic is popular because the display distance offers increased detail when using HD and UHD monitors,” said Ted Pollack, who is a senior game industry analyst. “Additionally, product designers have given PC gamers thousands of options for complete customization from a functionally and aesthetic perspective.”