Jon Peddie Research Firm’s latest report isn’t very encouraging if you are a PC gamer. According to the analyst, more and more PC gamers will probably shift to consoles because of increasing GPU prices and the inclusion of PC-specific features like 4K and ray tracing in the next-generation of these platforms. The coming of streaming services like the Google Stadia and the new Xbox One S console is going to further push gamers away from PC gaming.
Google Stadia and other Game Streaming Services
Lately, console gaming has been seeing a bifurcation of sorts with Google and Microsoft further encouraging it. The Stadia service and the new streaming console from Microsoft are all the evidence you need to believe that this new platform is only going to get bigger and bigger. It reduces the overall cost of “gaming” by a significant degree and anyone with a subscription, a smart TV and a controller can just plug it in and play. In contrast, a good gaming PC usually costs north of a grand, plus add to it the additional cost of games, accessories and so on. Although consoles like the Xbox One and the PS4 cost less than half of that, they are still notably more expensive than a simple cloud-based gaming service. As already discussed in an older post, the coming of 5G will only bolster this new segment.
These days the gaming GPU market isn’t doing all that well. Although thanks to AMD’s Ryzen chips, mid-range CPUs have become much more affordable now, team red still doesn’t have much stake in the discrete video card space. The Radeon RX 570 and 580 are the only mention-able offerings from them, and these too are Polaris re-brands almost four years old. NVIDIA has had an upper hand, especially in the high-end and enthusiast markets for years now which has resulted in the present bizarre pricing of the GeForce RTX 20 series cards. A flagship GPU used to cost $600-700 just a few years back, but the present king of the hill, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti costs more than $1200 on an average. That in itself is reason enough to rethink your gaming platform.
AMD is expected to reveal the Zen2 based Ryzen 3000 CPUs and the Navi GPUs in the coming months but I’ve got a feeling NVIDIA’s iron grip over the PC gaming market won’t get any weaker. However, you can be sure of one thing, the most hardcore of PC gamers won’t be going anywhere, and they’ll continue to build ridiculously expensive builds to reach heights their console counterparts can’t quite match.