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Report: PC gaming hardware shipments over twice as large as consoles

The market for PC gaming hardware is massive, according to a new report issued this week by the non-profit PC Gaming Alliance. The Horizons Hardware report claims that in 2009, the shipments for the PC gaming hardware market were over twice that of the combined shipment numbers of the Wii, PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Consumer PCs that have a dedicated graphics card (which makes them better for PC gaming than desktops and notebooks with intergrated graphics) had sales of $54.6 billion in 2006, according to the report. It also predicts revenues from those PCs will increase to $61.3 billion by 2014.

PC users that own a rig with a discrete graphics solution total 212.6 million worldwide, according to the report. That number is predicted to go up to a whopping 322 million by 2014. Asia is still the largest segment for hardware PC gaming shipments with 33 percent, followed by Western Europe with 24 percent, the US with 22 percent and the rest of the world with 21.4 percent.


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