Bye Bye PCs? PCs being pushed aside in Japan by new gadgets

Hiroko Tabuchi reports for the Associated Press on November 3, 2007:

In Japan, the PC's role in homes is diminishing. Japan's overall PC shipments have been shrinking for five consecutive quarters as the PC market is being encroached by new gadgets such as smart phones and game consoles. Analysts wonder whether Japan will become the first major market to see a decline in PC use - and whether this could be the picture of things to come in other countries.

This news report looks at why Japanese consumers are shunning PCs, and how far the PC has fallen in Japan.

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thereapersson4058d ago

The PC is still the best place to enjoy games in their full potential, whether the Japanese like it or not. Then again, it's not very technically-demanding to run dating sims and countless RPG clones...

JasonXE4058d ago

going to say that I would never use a phone to write a report but never say never.

Silvia0074058d ago (Edited 4058d ago )

Have you seen inside their homes, you barely have enough room for a 30" tv, not only that, the Japanese people are home what? 3 hours a day? That's why they are in love with small portable tech. This is my own unresearched comment so I could be 100% wrong.

Did a little research and here is what I found out. With 15 percent of japans land as farmland, there is approximately 1007 people per square mile of japan.

KINGDRAMA4058d ago (Edited 4058d ago )

their cellphone capabilities are like 2 gens ahead of us.
Connection speed/tasks their phones allow, make them a efficient solution.

i have a samsung i760, but i would trade it for anything from last year in japan that works here in usa.

JasonPC360PS3Wii4058d ago

PC won't go anywhere it has a billion install base, thats billion with a b. I wish my Mac was as versatile as my PC, I sure love my Mac but my PC has the games. Seems in this world that I can't have both in one, Mac should make PCs and I would be set.

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