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If you thought the increased interest in game-oriented monitors, desktops, and laptops would wane as the pandemic subsides, you might want to hold onto your RGB gaming chair: International Data Corporation (IDC) is forecasting four more years of rising demand, with each segment growing faster than its parent market.
This week, the global researcher shared the latest numbers from its Worldwide Quarterly Gaming Tracker, predicting that gaming monitor shipments will increase from 14.2 million screens in 2020 to 26.4 million in 2025, an average annual rate Growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2 percent.
As the pandemic brought with it a shortage of gaming hardware, from graphics cards to CPUs to the latest consoles, gaming monitors were among the few serious hardware components for gamers. And since lockdowns were required all over the world, many people were just looking for something to do.
According to IDC, 41.3 million gaming PCs shipped last year and 52.3 million will do so in 2025, a growth rate of 4.8 percent.
IDC expects a sharp decline in growth in the next year, but an increase in the number of units shipped.
“Increasingly accessible prices and the ability to tackle a wide variety of non-gaming tasks are just a few of the reasons we expect the gaming PC market to stay healthy for years to come,” said Jay Chou, research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker said in a statement accompanying IDC’s announcement.
IDC predictions are coming as 2021 is already showing rising numbers, although there are still bottlenecks in GPU and other PC components and delivery problems with displays. In the second quarter of 2021, shipments of gaming monitors and gaming PCs together increased by 19.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2020 to a total of 15.6 million.
“The gaming market was on fire for years leading to the start of the pandemic in 2020, and things only accelerated as most people spent more time at home and in front of screens,” said Ryan Reith, group vice president at IDC’s Mobility and Technology Consumer Device Trackers, it said in a statement.
IDC is confident that this trend will continue even as pandemic restrictions are lifted and demand for other markets such as Chromebooks decline.
“At this point in time, the global shortage of supply is known and remains a moving target, yet the demand for gaming hardware (PCs, consoles, monitors, etc.) and titles continues to grow,” said Reith. “Many have speculated that this growth could be jeopardized if reopening around the world starts slowly, but we just don’t see it.”
What does it all mean, aside from a ton of gaming credibility? IDC expects the gaming monitor and personal computer market to be valued at $ 60 billion in 2025, a huge increase from $ 43 billion in 2020.
Gaming monitors can even get cheaper. The average selling price (ASP) for a gaming display was $ 339 in 2020, but will be a little under $ 309 in 2025, IDC said.
With gaming PCs, however, we probably won’t be as lucky. The ASP for gaming systems is expected to hit four-digit levels at $ 1,007 in 2025, compared to $ 925 last year.