Recently PC gaming has been growing at a tremendous rate, with many people shifting from current gen consoles to PC. Games sales on PCs have increased drastically from 2014. But what is the reason for the sudden increase? Eg: Recently Ubisoft released a sales chart which showed us that PS4 dominated their games’ sales at 27%, and PC came in second at 21% which was a great increase from last year when it was at 16%. Xbox One clocked the lowest among the three giants at a meager 11%. We can see that the increase is clear. And if Ubisoft games are increasing in sales, we think that games of better companies like Rockstar and Square Enix will be increasing sales by much more than 5%. Another proof of the fact is when GTA V was not released on the PC, back in 2013. Rockstar was shown a lot of scrutiny, petitions were signed and people were very angry. This may well be one of the reasons Rockstar brought it to PC with an initially PC exclusive first person view and an online version as well. Such instances show how big the PC Gaming Industry is, and its still growing. So we have a look at 5 reasons why PC gaming is growing:
Mods are like the holy grail for games. They increase the life of a game drastically if done right. I mean look at Skyrim or Half Life or Team Fortress, the mods have increased the life of these games. People can create lots of stuff which become free additional content for extending the playing time of a game. Every gamer welcomes free content. Take Skyrim for example. It’s not a multiplayer game, yet even today many people play it. Because of the mods added to it, the game looks gorgeous when compared to games of even today. Modding has recently poked out professions like gaming photography, official modding etc which could be a game changer for many people. Good luck console gamers if they want to see modding any time soon.
#4 Utility & Performance
Yeah, I know a console is cheaper and plays most games. But a PC does much more than just play games. Photo & Video editing, multitasking, programming, developing, all these things can’t be done on a console. 95% of the people having a PS4 or Xbox One will definitely have a laptop.
As for the performance I won’t even go into it. All of you know that a PC is much better in terms of performance. Let’s take consoles right now. In 2007, when the consoles were released, they were pretty powerful machines. They played games at 720p with decent graphics. But PS4 and Xbox One both are not as good machines when compared to the time in which they were released. Look at all the third party games like Witcher 3, Battlefied 4, they all ran at 30 fps and even stuttered during gameplay. Just Cause 3 is just blasphemous on the consoles. Some people will find these playable but some people who went from PC gaming to console gaming will say “I’ve had enough of this”. This year at IGX also, The Witcher 3 was being displayed on a PC rather than on a console. Definitely, the performance is better, graphics are better but the performance is simply bad for a console that has just been released for 2 years. Heck even PCs don’t get outdated that fast. With the current situation, just imagine how CD Projekt’s next game Cyberpunk 2077 will run on the consoles.
The charm of E-Sports has been on the rise for quite some time now. It is one of the biggest pulling factors.With games like Counter Strike, Dota 2 and League of Legends exclusive only to the PC E-sports, gamers seem to be coming over to the platform to become pros and earn a living through their hobbies. For those who don’t want to be pros there are other competitive games like HAWKEN, Nosgoth etc on Steam. Nowadays live matches of CSGO and Call of Duty are broadcast on some of the big sports channels, which is a great feat for the gaming industry. The matches are held in stadiums and are jam packed with spectators. We are not saying that console gaming is not considered competitive, it’s just that the arena and variety on PC is exponentially large. Philanthropic as it might seem, you may even find guides or coaches when you’re playing online who may help you become a better player.
#2 The Community
The PC gaming community is very large. In fact just Google the number of PC players in the world. It’s frigging 711 million, which in comparison to PS4 and Xbox combined (50 million at max) is about 14 times larger. And that’s just the number of gamers. Considering all the people at nvidia and AMD, all the hardware companies, the game developers, the concept artists, the list goes on. And let’s not forget the pirates. There are many people who play from torrents, which makes the community even larger. On Steam you can find many forums and discussions of games with everyone contributing something. The best thing about the games on PC is there are so many people playing PC games that whenever you go online, you’ll always fine some players playing the game.
The PC gaming library is huge. It is officially proven that a person can’t complete all the games on the Steam library in a lifetime. Let alone Origin and Uplay. I would add that games like Unchartered and The Last of Us are not there on the PC, but most of the other third party games come to PC. And as for current console exclusives, even though it has been 2 years since the release of the consoles, there are not many exclusives to which I can say “Damn I want this game”. The best games on the PS4 till now are Infamous: Second Son and Bloodborne (Which was an epic game), and on the Xbox side only Forza 5 and Halo 5 are the best, which are not as good as previous titles. Though both the consoles have good titles coming in 2016, on PC, there is a game for practically everyone. There are thousands of free games to choose from. The Steam sales are like lottery tickets. Thousands worth of games at dirt cheap prices. Eg: All the Valve games were for sale in about 450 INR in the Autumn sales (It says a lot).
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