The reign of the PC is over

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sad but true

PCs might be king on the gaming front, but it’s no longer the world’s preferred computing device. This time round, Windows 8 is not to blame.

PC shipments have declined a further 10.9 percent, making it a record fifth consecutive failed quarter. This after PC shipments’ worst decline in history, as reported in April. Not restricted to any one region, global shipments continue to fall as the world adopts tablets as their preferred computing device. The fact of the matter is most people just don’t need a desktop PC anymore; tablets are now able to fulfil their basic needs. It’s smaller, cheaper, mobile and easier to use.

“We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets,” Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement.

This has the potential to influence the PC gaming market greatly, why would developers continue developing for PC when the market has so to say collapsed? Developers are already making their biggest profit on consoles and with next-gen consoles; this would never have been truer. Console will see more platform exclusive AAA games, with PC gamers (as we already are) only getting games released weeks and sometimes months after the console release. Being the master race, but not having the games we want doesn’t really help us out at all.

The fact that the PC market is at such a dismal decline only further strengthens my belief that in the future there won’t be any distinction between PC and consoles, but rather different brands of super consoles. It seems now though, that PC might start adopting more console-like features to survive than consoles becoming like PCs. While tablets and touch technology take over consumption in mature and developed markets, or in simpler terms, office/every day use. More intelligent tablets will take over the role of the desktop PC.

Last Updated: July 11, 2013

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