The gaming world is changing again as according to industry analyst NPD Group, sales of video-game consoles (Xbox, PS3, Wii), software and even accessories fell for a sixth consecutive month in May, tumbling 28% from a year earlier to $517 million. With the release of Diablo III, May saw the first time since July 2010 that the top-selling game was a PC-only title.¤
That boosted PC video games sales up year-over-year to 230% or $80 million.
Epic Games recently revealed its Unreal Engine 4, the next generation version of the graphics engine, and to get the full experience gamers will have to update their cards, and possibly their PCs. This could spur resurgence for those looking to purchase game-specific PC.
¤However, all of this could be a temporary rise. With the expected release next year of the Xbox 720 and the PS4, the console makers will once again have advanced their capabilities. One thing is sure, the prophecies of a few years ago that the PC would be dead are clearly false.