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Gaming PC hardware shipments double that of consoles

Who said PC gaming was dead?

The PC gaming market is not only alive and well, but steamrolling along faster than all of the current consoles combined.

A PC Gaming Alliance report says that gaming PC hardware shipments last year outstripped that of all the main consoles together. And by a considerable amount, too.

"Annual shipment volumes for the PC Gaming hardware market in 2009 were over two times larger than the combined Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console units shipped in the same period," reveals the report.

"This trend for the PC Gaming hardware market to outpace all console shipments combined is expected to continue through the forecasted period of the research," it added.

It goes on to note: "The report also estimates the worldwide number of consumers gaming with discrete graphics solutions on their PCs (Desktop and Notebooks) to be 212.6 million for 2009 and expects this to grow to about 322 million by 2014."

Matt Ployhar, PCGA research committee chairman, says gamers showing signs of a shift away from bulky, stationary desktops to more portable laptop gaming rigs. "One of the biggest trends I'm seeing in the 2009 Horizon's hardware report indicates a strong demand for more capable mobile based systems by PC Gamers," said Ployhar.

There are plenty more numbers in the full report right here.

[ SOURCE: PCGA Report ]