Purveyors of PC gaming hardware had a fantastic 2016 as research reveals that the market was worth in excess of $30 billion by the end of the year.

This figure comes to us from John Peddie Research which has found that not only is the PC gaming hardware market worth more than ever before but its set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% up until at least 2019.

The biggest contributor to this massive growth, according to JPR, is the Asia Pacific region. The territory brought in $11.3 billion in 2016 and it is expected to see annual growth of around 7%.

This growth, JPR says is attributed to a deeply entrenched gaming culture within the region’s big population and a lack of traction from consoles.

Sword and board beats controllers

PC gaming is just better. Whoah, put down your pitch forks that’s not us talking, that’s a summary of what senior game analyst for JPR, Ted Pollak said.

“Global consumers continue to embrace the PC platform for video games due to multiple factors. The desktop ergonomic is popular because the display distance offers increased detail when using HD and UHD monitors,” says Pollak.

“Additionally there is superior control with mouse and keyboard control interfaces. This has been validated with eSports overwhelmingly being played on PCs.”

Customisation is also a big deal for consumers and assisted in pushing the value of the market up. Whether you want a multi-display set up or a battle station that lights up like Time’s Square on New Year’s eve, it’s possible with a PC.

Pollak acknowledges that entry-level and mid-range hardware has helped make PC gaming more accessible. The analyst says that AMD and NVIDIA recognised this when the firms introduced affordable components such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and the AMD RX 470.

“We are also very excited about the prospects for the AMD Ryzen CPU platform and think it will be adopted at all three hardware tiers [entry-level, mid-range and high-end],” says Pollak.

The firm goes on to say that as basic computing functions shift towards mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, the PC is becoming a power user’s tool for gaming, content creation or editing video and photos.

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[Image – CC BY 2.0 Jerry Luo]