PC games hardware market bucks wider technology trends

The sales of PC hardware may be suffering worldwide, but not in terms of games.

Data specialists GfK revealed that sales of PC gaming components and peripherals rose by 13 per cent in 2015.

Overall, the PC games hardware market – which also includes graphics cards and headsets – generated 138m in the UK, the tech tracker says.

Furthermore, there has been an increase in sales of high-priced components and accessories. It’s the first time specific data has been made available to size the UK PC gaming hardware sector, and has been included as part of the UKIE/MCV Market Valuation project.

Worldwide, PC hardware shipments have been in decline. IDC estimates that 2015 was more than 10 per cent down over the previous year, and that this decline is more severe in European markets.

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