Far from gasping for air on its deathbed, PC gaming appears to be alive and well and defiantly fending off the threat from consoles.
In fact, according to research from the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) sales of PC gaming kit are double those of all the consoles combined.
The research was conducted as a part of the PCGA's Horizons Hardware research, which is only available to members of the organisation. However, a few select pieces of information (presumably the bits that showed PC gaming in a good light), have been revealed by the alliance.
The research monitored shipments of the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and even the ageing PlayStation 2 console over 2009, and compared it against the sales of equivalent PC gaming hardware, such as graphics cards and laptops with discrete GPUs. According to the PCGA, the "shipment volumes for the PC Gaming hardware market in 2009 were over two times larger" than the combined figures for all four consoles.
According to the study, the approximate total revenue from PCs equipped for gaming was $54.6 billion during the year. The definition of a gaming PC in these circumstances is a PC with a discrete GPU, so netbooks and computers with integrated graphics were deliberately excluded from the figures.
Based on its figures, the alliance predicts this revenue will grow to $61.3 billion by 2014. Around 61.5 million PCs were sold during 2009, according to the PCGA, and the alliance also estimates there are around 212.6 million gaming-capable PCs set up around the world at the moment.
In particular, it looks as though demand for mobile PC gaming hardware is increasing. "One of the biggest trends I'm seeing in the 2009 Horizons Hardware report indicates a strong demand for more capable mobile based systems by PC Gamers," claimed the alliance's research committee chairman, Matt Ployhar.