The PC gaming industry has been anything from dull, PC builds going up, down, trend shifts towards more high-end PCs and so on. In a recent study, Jon Peddie Research, now has made the prediction that by 2022 20 Million PC Gamers will have moved towards some form of console gaming.
In the grand scale of things that still leaves a very massive PC Gaming market, but the prediction is based on a set of logical assumptions. JPR mentions that Moore's Law is becoming increasingly more of an issue as fabrication nodes are slowing down in smaller wafer fabrication sizes (look at how long Intel is staying at 14nm). Long term that will have an impact on the desktop processor market. Another factor is that Smart TVs are getting better, allowing in the near future game streaming services without the need for extra investment of a console. A third factor would be game exclusivity, many software houses are trying to make games more exclusive to say just a PlayStation or Xbox platform release.
The PC gamers that will shift mostly are the ones own an entry-level to mainstream PC. The next generation of consoles from both Microsoft and Sony will very likely see the light of day within the next twelve months or so. Which should bring another boost to the console market as well.
The JPR TV Gaming report covers gaming technologies that are designed to play on televisions. Evaluated within the report are Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield, Apple TV, Cable and Satellite boxes, game streaming and more. The analysis contains a recent sales history and three year forecast for unit sales of Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android Consoles, Apple TV and other devices.