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Friday, 14 January 2011 12:30

Tablets and games consoles are killing the PC

Written by Nick Farell
y_analyst

Gartner warns of doom in the consumer market
The PC market is being gutted as consumers lose interest and shift to tablets and games consoles, according to the research outfit Gartner. Big G said that worldwide PC shipments, which do not include sales of tablet computers, totalled 93.5 million units in the fourth quarter, up 3.1 per cent from a year ago but lower than the 4.8 per cent growth forecast previously.

Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said that holiday PC sales were weak as punters rushed to spend their dosh on media tablets and other consumer electronic devices, such as game consoles. What is saving the PC market during the fourth quarter as a steady growth in the professional market driven by replacement purchases.

Last year the PC market recovered from the recession, as it returned to double-digit growth, compared to low single-digit growth in 2009, she said. Gartner said worldwide PC shipments totaled 350.9 million units in 2010, up 13.8 per cent over last year.

The maker of expensive printer ink HP held on to the top position in worldwide PC sales,  HP has an 18.8 per cent share of the market followed by Acer with 12.7 per cent and Dell with 11.6 per cent. Lenovo holds 10.1-per cent market share followed by Toshiba with 5.7 per cent. It was a good year for Lenovo and Toshiba. Lenovo's worldwide market share grew by 21.4 per cent while Toshiba's was up 12.1 per cent.

What is being seen is that the days of a grey box in the corner of everyone's home might be numbered. She said that while the new gadgets to not replace primary PCs, but they are viewed as good enough devices for these who want to have a second and third connected device for content consumption usage. It was mini-notebook shipments were hit the most by the success of media tablets, Kitagawa said.


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+73 #1 eggenstein 2011-01-14 12:56
PC's will come back once people get tired of their tablet 'toys' and finally realise how bad consoles are compared to a top notch PC... oh how I laugh at the terrible graphics on the Xbox 360... I got rid of my desktop and replaced it with a gaming laptop... only lasted 6 months then went back to a PC. My partner had a laptop but got sick of using it and now has a PC again... all things go in circles, its just unfortunate that 90% of the population are idiots.
 
 
+45 #2 PainPig 2011-01-14 13:06
With sales records for the latest PC games released (COD, BF2, etc) I think these people are not as smart as they think they are. These studies are so flawed and skewed.
 
 
+13 #3 yasin 2011-01-14 13:26
http://www.digitalinnovationgazette.com/blog/pc_vs_console/index.html
 
 
+18 #4 123s 2011-01-14 13:59
His right, gaming on a small tablet is so much more fun then on a big pc screen and the games are soooo awesome.

Btw, didnt they pc died in 10, 09, 08, 07 and 06 already ?
 
 
-79 #5 Warrior24_7 2011-01-14 14:03
This article is right on. The console has been beating the PC's a$$ for sometime now and will continue to beat it! The tablet is just now starting to put the boots to the PC. People realize that you DO NOT have to be anchored in front of that 15" screen to enjoy your media and games. You are now mobile and there is no going back from here! PC game sales are a dismal joke compared to their console counterparts!
 
 
-26 #6 guideX 2011-01-14 14:23
Eventually console and PC hardware will be similiar again... Look at things like Cell failing to take off whereas the Xbox Xenon which is closer to x86 and uses DirectX as appose to OpenGL seems to be skyrocketing in sales despite being an inferior product to the Playstation....
PC gaming might go downhill for a while but eventually its going to be so easy for developers to port to PC that they may as well do it anyway...
 
 
+40 #7 Runadumb 2011-01-14 14:38
Did anyone actually read this garbage?
"Big G said that worldwide PC shipments, which do not include sales of tablet computers, totalled 93.5 million units in the fourth quarter, up 3.1 per cent from a year ago but lower than the 4.8 per cent growth forecast previously. "

Who forecast that? Was it the same research outfit that wrote this piece? Up is good regardless of some random persons expectations especially as a hell of a lot of people are still worried about their jobs. Out of recession my arse!
 
 
+34 #8 Runadumb 2011-01-14 14:38
...continued Oh wait, it gets better "last year the PC market recovered from the recession, as it returned to double-digit growth, compared to low single-digit growth in 2009, she said. Gartner said worldwide PC shipments totaled 350.9 million units in 2010, up 13.8 per cent over last year."

ALL GROWTH!!

Add this into the mix http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/21549-intel-posts-record-quarter-again and yeah. PC's have had a terrible terrible year.

Why did you even post such utter utter drivel???
 
 
-19 #9 ASilver 2011-01-14 14:43
The console market for games is far bigger simply because:

1) uniform platform (i.e. never worry your experience will fumble)
2) Two players at the same time. Multiplayer on the PC is almost exclusively online.

As to media, it really depends on the moment. On the go, desktops are not an option obviously, and tablets are excellent for reading or viewing media. Certainly lighter and less cumbersome than even a netbook.

At home, I view media and game on a 32" screen ($300 in 10x installments) 1080p, and read and work with a pair of 22" screens. Video card is plain GTX460 1GB ($175).

I hardly think the PC market is dying yet. Tablet is still transitioning, and will continue for 2011-2012, and the recession is still having its effects.
 
 
+27 #10 Zone 2011-01-14 15:30
Quoting Warrior24_7:
This article is right on. The console has been beating the PC's a$$ for sometime now and will continue to beat it! The tablet is just now starting to put the boots to the PC. People realize that you DO NOT have to be anchored in front of that 15" screen to enjoy your media and games. You are now mobile and there is no going back from here! PC game sales are a dismal joke compared to their console counterparts!


Articles like this one were made for you ;)
Too bad its not effective as you are trying way too hard :(
 

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