From the arrival of Steam Machines to the digital takeover, we detail everything you need to know about the market in MCV’s PC Gaming Special.
We kick off the issue with an overview of the modern PC gaming scene as the sector’s leading players talk us through the need for a PC digital download chart, the rise of indies, the struggles against piracy and why retailers are neglecting boxed PC games on the High Street.
Meanwhile, we have interviews with two of the PC’s biggest hardware manufacturers. Nvidia tells us why they’re the No.1 GPU maker in the market, while AMD talks us through their lucrative deal to power both the Xbox One and PS4.
There’s also a beginner’s guide to building a gaming PC. From choosing the right processor, to ensuring all of the components are compatible, we talk you through the process of ensuring a smooth transition to the ‘master race’.
Elsewhere, we question the makers behind the latest PC gaming initiative: Steam Machines. We find out why PC gaming is coming to the living room and what’s taken so long for the transition to happen.
Finally, we offer a round-up of the latest PC gaming products. From graphics cards to headsets, there’s a selection of the market’s best-selling accessories and peripherals.
You can take a look at the contents of the jam-packed issue below.
- How the UK PC games market smashed 500m in 2013
- Prices won’t limit the success of Steam Machines, say manufacturers
- Why the High Street is still invaluable for selling boxed PC games
- From the rise of digital to the struggles against piracy, we offer a 101 on the PC gaming market
- INTERVIEW: Nvidia on retaining the gaming GPU crown and capturing the mobile market
- INTERVIEW: AMD talks us through its lucrative deal to power the PS4 and Xbox One
- A how to guide on building your very own gaming rig
- Steam Boxes and why PC gaming has set its sights on taking over the living room
- IT specialist Entatech talks us through the success of its recently launched Ministry of Gaming brand
- INTERVIEW: UK distributor VIP Computers tells us how its had a record Q4 to close last year
- Plus! A closer look at the PC markets top gaming components and accessories
- And, of course, the weekly Xbox Live, PSN, Steam, iOS and retail chart
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