Platform Nation have the 2010 global video game sales figures.
I think the title says it all, and Kudos to Sony's PS3 for generating the most Revenue of ANY Platform. Anyway I love gaming on console, but how does that mean PC is dead? With literally millions playing Facebook games alone, how is PC gaming as a platform doing nothing but grow? Steam is growing in leaps and bounds...because PC gaming is dying? How does that work? The fact that growth is possible - and probable - on most current platforms is obvious. Gaming, despite the world economy, is still leading the wave of future entertainment, whether on console, PC, or mobile.
I don't get this chart. Does this mean PS3 gamers buy games that are collectors editions and so on (more than 60 bucks) more than 360 users? Or Sony does not discount new games as fast as MS does? 360 sold more new games at retail but made less money. With 60 bucks being standard, that is an interesting stat. According to the stats, the average PS3 game is sold for $49.61 while the average 360 game is sold for $48.28. Goes to show how many people buy games brand new once MS or Sony drops below the 60 dollar mark!
I would like to know why the contributer tagged this article Nintendo DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, PSP2, Wii, Xbox 360. It is only a PC article!
Sony sells more at a profit. Exclusives, not paid for exclusive content, and overall just better sales at full price. MS sells millions by spending millions, thus they make less money.
Soldierone: No one ever quoted profit margins, we're all talking about pure revenue here. Which is funny, because you mention profit in your comment and then continue to talk about it like they're interchangeable terms.
Source: VGChartz. PC Gaming Alliance indicates PC revenue grows each year by around 20%. http://www.pcgamingalliance... I call this article as bullshit. Revenue at 5 billion? Yeah, if you're counting China alone.
i priced a tower that can run battlefield 3 like a beast and it was close to 2,000. i decided to be patient and buy both sonys and ms next gen consoles. would be cheaper and you would own both. long wait but im cool. pc gaming wont die im sure, its just for the more hardcore gamers. anyways pc gaming paves the way for next gen. we kinda need it
Well, you could easily build a $2k rig if you wanted to, but to be honest, you could also build one that will run BF3 for well under $1k. By build though, I mean order and assemble parts -not configure on alienware's website :)
Very Sad , But PS3 wins
I don't think they're saying PC gaming is dead, they are saying quite the opposite -to the naysay of console fanboys. They are using the stats on that page to illustrate how PC gaming couldn't be further from dead.
I think its a contradiction in terms to have the words 'hard facts' in front of a vgcharts logo.
PC gaming is dying yes, but so is the universe. So is it going to die today? Hardly. Tomorrow? Unlikely. Someday? Certainly. Will you go on claiming it until it's gone? Repeatedly. Frequently.
no form of gaming is dying, no one has said pc is dying in quite some time.
Actually, people say it all the time. No one intelligent has said it in quite some time however.
Until PSN and XBL can compete with Steam, PC gaming won't die. There are a lot of people still gaming on the PC and that's what many fanboys tried to ignore. Games like CS and SC are still played till this day. Mods prolonged the lasting appeal of games just look at DotA. Although this gen PC gamers get unoptimized console ports, there are many hidden gems that are starting to get recognized like Witcher and Amnesia that are miles better than most of the so called triple A console titles.
I've recently become a bit of a PC fanboy, dunno why, I've had the same rig for 4 years now but never really gamed on it. I built it to play Crysis, played Crysis then went back to the PS3. But recently, with some of the cracking offers on Steam, and the fact that I want to play Crysis 2 on the PC I've been well back into PC gaming, I havent touched the PS3 in weeks! Just ordered my new graphics card too, so its PC gaming all the way from now on. Thanks mostly to Steam's awesome deals.
I actually think you can thank PSN and XBL for the "success" of Steam. If it wasn't for those two, people wouldnt be as compfortable with Steam. Less developers would support it as they didnt see a need for it at first. They see how succesful PSN and XBL got and how easy it was to make money. Plus I wouldnt call games like Witcher better than "AAA" console exclusives. I played it and it wasn't godly. im not saying PC exlclusives suck by anymeans.
Well its better than most of the console games which I mentioned but of course there are console games that are great as well. I have to agree that both PSN and XBL used to compete with Steam but with things happening on both Network Services now like the Price Hike for the XBL and exclusive PS+ features like Cloud. I have to declare Steam as superior to both. But I never said that PSN and XBL are irrelevant although they cannot compete with Steam in their current state which I hope Sony and MS can improve upon.
I think you'll find Steam has been around a lot longer than XBL and PSN and was fairly successful before they came around. More and more publishers use it nowadays but I think that is more because they would be stupid not to, rather than anything to do with consoles.
I never said it didnt come first. I know it came first, I didnt like using it at all. Developers were not using it and it was a pain. It wasn't really going anywhere beyon being a network similar to Xfire and so on. The MS got XBL extremely popular and fast and these network things started to sound interesting. It wasnt until Sony started hyping PSN that Steam really kicked into full gear. I dont understand how saying that is degrading Steam in any way. Its simply giving credit where credit is due. Also why I find PC "fanboys" some of the most annoying fanboys there is. Anything and everything with console in the sentance is auto thrown out the door and not given a chance at all.
Far from it. Even though the devs make a ton of money off console games they will continue to produce games for the PC.
PC gaming wasn't dieing, but it changed where high-profile titles required system upgrades. Doom 3 and Crysus 1 *were* the death of how games were made on PC, but that's long done.
Its not dying, but pc elitist seem to think its growing when its really not
Why would thinking its growing make you an elitist? You sound like such a faboy. So are you saying it is perfectly even? With Facebook and other casual gaming on a rise on PC, it is definitely growing for sure. The question is if "hard core" gaming is growing or shrinking. By the way Steam is going and developers going back and giving PC more attention now, like Dice is doing and what EA claims they will be doing, it looks like PC "hardcore" is growing as well.
Its not growing that much, you cant deny it. Consoles outsell gaming PC's whether you like it or not, thats all im saying
^ There's a difference between sales and profit. Also, 'consoles' is three systems combined. I doubt that'd be an apt comparison against one platform.
no, each one of the consoles sell more than pc, not combined...at least according to this chart
PC gaming is growing. What the chart lacks is the huge amount of cash that is generated through MMO's. The game itself is free but players spend money through Micro-transactions. the chart only somewhat tracks Software sales and not Micro-transactions which the PC uses a lot of. Plus I doubt those charts contain any monetary data from China where only the PS3 is sold in a Hong Kong while the rest of the country plays PC games or China only systems. that 5 billion is a rough estimate because online Poker which is PC gaming makes 5 billion all by it's self. the chart doesn't show how much revenue Facebook games generates which is a 20 billion dollar company. AMD and Nvidia sold roughly 70 million DX11 GPU's last year with an average price of $240. 100 + million PC's sold yearly and half the world is still untapped. Team Fortress 2 has a few gamers making $20K a month from the TF2 store (The Mann-Conomy) PC gaming is a whole different venue from consoles. it's an open system with an open market that allows revenue flow in so many unique ways.
I agree with most of your assessment; however, I wouldn't include online poker as PC gaming revenue because it is more gambling than gaming. Plus, the money generated isn't going to video gaming industry, but rather it goes to the gambling industry and should be counted in their figures. Now, I know there are poker games sold as video games and they should be included, but they also don't involve betting with real money.
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because i speak the the truth? Its a fact consoles (non PC) outsell gaming rigs Are you guys seriously gonna tell me because ppl play farmville, its growing???? you guys cant be that deluded
What about online blizzard store? Didn't the latest wow expansion sell like 3+ million in 24hrs of release. Tor has over 1.2 million already subscribed to beta and Diablo 3 has been on most preordered chart since it was announced.
exactly that chart lacks a lot of PC Gaming revenue. Rift had over 1 million gamers day one making over $15 million dollars with the flick of a switch. Most MMO's use micro-transactions to generate cash and that's not included. Plus online Poker is considered PC Gaming along side Facebook games. WOW pulls in $100 to $150 million a month. Team Fortress 2 has a few gamers making $20k a month.
gaming is growing on every platform
Except the wii.
That's bullshit none of those sales sites track digital download sales. Steam has been going up continuously. While PC isn't at the front of gaming like it used to be it doesn't mean that PC Gaming is dying.
Why would any want a platform to die? I mean besides the obvious fanboy crap that goes on. Having more choices out there is a great deal for all gamers. Since I bought a good pc I haven't touched my consoles much at all. However I don't wish for console to fail either. I'm just more into MMOs right now. Also the only two games I plan on buying this year (Skyrim & Battlefield 3) are on PC. Which hopefully will have some cool modifications on Skyrim. Anyway if you like your eggs sunny side up then have at it. No reason to really bash someone because the prefer their entertainment slightly different.
Nothing is dying.
lol, this article is trash, wow makes over 1 billion a year, 1 freaking game makes over 14% of what the entire ps3 catalog makes!!!! this is also tracking "SELECT" markets, which were excluded??? China Korea Germany All areas where pc gaming is used WAY more than consoles "The Asia Pacific region continues to be the world’s largest PC hardware gaming market with approximately 33% market share followed by Western Europe and the United States at 24% and 22% respectively. The rest of the world follows with 21.5%. Growth is expected to continue through 2014, largely driven by the Asia Pacific region." FAIL ARTICLE here's some real facts; Among the key findings: Annual shipment volumes for the PC Gaming hardware market in 2009 were over two times larger than the combined Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console units shipped in the same period. This trend for the PC Gaming hardware market to outpace all console shipments combined is expected to continue through the forecasted period of the research. In addition, revenues from consumer PCs capable of gaming that shipped with a discrete GPU (excludes Netbooks and integrated graphics-based PCs) totaled approximately $54.6 billion in 2009 and are forecasted to grow to $61.3 billion by 2014. These revenue figures are based on an estimated 61.5 million PCs (Desktop and Laptops) shipped in 2009 that can largely be associated with PC gaming as a key usage scenario. 54 BILLION revenue from gaming pc's makes ps3's 7 billion look like SHIT!! over 2 times the amount of hardware revenue for gaming related pc gear than all, ALL consoles combines. INCLUDING wii and ps2. suck it article, you got owned source-PCGA 2009 Horizons Hardware Report software only makes so much, hardware is where the cheddar is.
the article's title is 'PC Gaming', you just gave us sales for computers, i won't know for sure but i would assume only maybe 10% to maybe 20% of that hardware is used for gaming, this i deduce from the fact the average gamer (who owns PC hardware fitted with gaming capabilities) is anywhere from 14 to 30, which leaves out the rest of the age groups, the million other factors involved single mom who doesn't game but has hardware capable of gaming or a disabled person etc. then there are IT companies that buy high end hardware or even some office companies etc. you can pick up a laptop with solid running nvidia graphics for $400 to $1000. my point is there is a reason software flourishes on the consoles over the PC. The consoles are a dedicated gaming hardware, with so many publisher and studio support especially in the biggest gaming markets: North America, UK, rest of Europe, Middle East and Japan. Therefore, when we talk about gaming, hardware and software have a direct relationship. Thats not to say PC gaming is dying, its just a different concept when it comes to gaming, in the last decade it has become rather passive with exception to isolated communities such as WoW and Starcraft 2 but thats as far as it goes in these markets. Nevertheless, the way it pushes hardware for purposes other than gaming, beyond anything the consoles are capable off (or the general public's wallets are capable of) there is good coming out of it for the consoles.
i gave you sales for GAMING computers, computers with garbage on board chips are EXCLUDED. "PCs capable of gaming that shipped with a discrete GPU (excludes Netbooks and integrated graphics-based PCs) totaled approximately $54.6 billion in 2009 and are forecasted to grow to $61.3 billion by 2014. These revenue figures are based on an estimated 61.5 million PCs (Desktop and Laptops) shipped in 2009 that can largely be associated with PC gaming as a key usage scenario." in 2010 alone over 70 MILLION dx11 gpu's were sold how many ps3's sold in 2010, 15 million...lol\ consoles
if that was the case my friend, we would have major sales for games like COD, Mass Effect, Gears among other high profile games, and devs like Crytek and DICE wouldnt have to settle for consoles. i wouldnt read to much into those figures, common sense tells me a majority of those PCs and laptops sold weren't used for dedicated gaming. my point is software figures to back up your hardware, 70 million GPU dx11 say around 35 million PCs in 2010 alone, a user base of 100 million with PCs capable of running something like Crysis 1 (2007) yet we barely got 2 million units of Crysis out there. Piracy perhaps? Consider consoles where a user base on the PS3 of 45 million and Black Ops selling 10 million units on it. Perhaps another PC lead game, Battlefield 2, sold around 2 million on each console but settled for 300,000 on the PC? (vgchartz) Devs are continuously moving towards consoles, a recent dev joining the console community is the high profile PC game, the Witcher. You clearly very bitter towards consoles, its a pity what your missing out on. PC gaming is still very prevalent but is for an audience that has to settle for very little software support.
Well im kind of sick of the consoles getting more into pc atm i only recently seen the light, still play consoles but getting a blue ray gaming pc.
meh the only proof is that there are midnight launches for games on consoles, more over than pc. way more people preorder console games than pc, and honestly sales are higher aswell. pc have certain games its good at, shooters, some rpgs, rts and mmo. it fails at fighting games, racing games, sports games, and action games (like ninja gaiden/god of war)
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