PC sales suffering - Report

New research from Gartner claims worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million in second quarter of 2013.

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According to data published by research firm Gartner this week, worldwide PC shipments dropped 10.9 percent during the quarter to 76 million units.

This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of diminished shipments, the firm points out, making it the "longest duration of decline in the PC market's history."

Every region analyzed showed year-over-year declines, with the overall shrink attributed to the rise of less expensive computing options, like tablets.

"We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets," said Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa in a statement.

"In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC," he continued. "This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market."

Data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), also published this week, matches up with Gartner's, saying global PC shipments fell to 75.6 million in the second quarter. The firm attributes the results to "economic pressures" and increased competition.

"The numbers reflect a market that is still struggling with the transition to touch-based systems running Windows 8 as well as justifying ultrabook prices in the face of economic pressures and competition from tablets and other devices," the IDC said.

Discussion

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cheamo
cheamo

I believe computer sales could be down because computers don't go obsolete nearly as fast as they once did.  5 years is nothing for a decent computer these days, whereas at one time 6 months would be enough to make it obsolete.

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

The market is shifting. Tablets crowd out the low end media consumers, and enthusiasts don't often buy whole systems off the shelf. The economy is still a wreck. PCs still remain competitive with consoles at the $500-$600 price point, especially if you're talking upgrades over building a whole gaming system. And with consoles become more PC-like next gen, I just don't see this being much of an issue. The PC market has always been on the verge of dying if you listen to these experts. It's not going to happen anytime soon.

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

It's because no-one no longer needs a middleman to construct a computer anymore. Parts sales are rising massively.

Nhoj1983
Nhoj1983

This is the low end.  Nvidia has never sold as many cards than they have recently.  Gaming is growing on the pc market.. It's the Dell's and hp's meh set ups that are hurting.. not the home built pc market.  People are just getting smarter.  Not everyone needs a full on pc and those that do realize how easy it is to build one.

blown503
blown503

Hey I got five computers now, do I need to buy a touch screen computer that looks aweful?

ALKATEEB
ALKATEEB

sells 75.6 million in only one quarter isn't that bad !more than what consoles sells in their entire lives

Ilikeapples45
Ilikeapples45

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa fuck pc gamers

8bitgen
8bitgen

With rise of services like steam,gog and origin ect there is no attraction to discs like there use to. Look at the steam summer deal huge packages for fraction of the price like all tomb raider games for $17 thats every raider game ever. You cant get deals like this at retail.

starfish75
starfish75

Both windows and office are feeling more like redundant technology. Too much unnecessary functionality eats too much ram, which owning a PC that does what you want it to do is very expensive.

Apple have stripped away the functionality nobody wants and stuck to what we do want. That it 'the Internet'. Plus software is ridiculously cheap on there iPad. A drawing app is either free or a few quid from the I store, photoshop and other drawing applications cost 3 figures?!? This is why the public are voting with their feet and moving to touch screen devices. Either android or apple, not windows.

The one good thing about the PC is steam. Even nolan is shying away from the ram hungry windows, dispite direct 11. Valve have a pro consumer business logic and this is keeping the PC alive I feel. Maybe steam will start selling business software and not just games and hopefully at the customer friendly prices that steam is famous for.

Zombrex
Zombrex

It's not that fewer PCs are selling, it's because the definition of a PC is changing. It's going from bulky expensive custom PCs, to out of the box easy-to-use-for-the-average-consumer touch screen tablets and laptops. The market is starting to greater reflect consumer demand.

Blame smart phones if anything because they're allowing the average person unparalleled access to technology and getting those people use to out of the box functionality where "upgrading" is nothing more than getting a new phone.

LockDeltz
LockDeltz

The economy is really bad that's obviously one of the reasons.   Meanwhile nvidia and amd continue to sell their gpus at outrageous prices.  In this economy who the hell is going to spend $1000 on a video card or even $500 for that matter?  I can remember back in 2002 a high end GPU would only cost $200.   I think another reason is that people are getting sick of Microsoft's monopoly in the desktop market. 

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Stupid Windows 8 is to blame, duh. I had Win8 on my second PC, just to be familiar with it, and the damn thing killed itself after 3 months. And the interface was annoying as hell when it actually managed to work. No token Start button is going to make me return to that cluster.

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

This is because Microsoft made Windows 8...people aint buying that shit!

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

I would choose my nexus 7 over an HP any day

blackace
blackace

PC Software sales increase and PC Hardware sales are falling. Go figure.

spindie
spindie

pc sale shipments? People still order physical copies of pc games?

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

whoa, pc sales are lower during a recession? impossible...

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

OMG, only 76 million PCs were shipped last quarter!  DOOM AND GLOOM!

Seriously?

SERIOUSLY!?

The PC market, if not the hardcore gaming PC market, is doing fine.

twztid13
twztid13

Windows 8 has a LOT to do with this!

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

PCs will remain till this world shift back to the stone age. Dont worry :D

Roland3710
Roland3710

I guess I'm not helping in this regard. My PC is from 2008 and can still play all the games I want it to on a mix of medium and high settings. I doubt I'll be getting a new computer until I have to play everything on low.

griffy2013
griffy2013

Man 76 million is so low.  Here's to only making a couple billion dollars this year...

Hurvl
Hurvl

@cheamo I believe that as well, too bad for companies that their products are so well done that we the consumers don't see any reason to buy new ones. If companies made the computers worse, we'd buy from other companies providing better quality, so they're really in a tough spot.

Marky360
Marky360

@ALKATEEB 
A: Thats not really a fair comparison considering that's multiple computers from a myriad of manufactuers and B: Even if it was a fair comparison it would also be incorrect as both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have sold some 77million consoles world wide and the Wii has Sold some 96million consoles so actually the consoles do sell quite much more then that with in there life spans.

Erebus
Erebus

@Ilikeapples45 You can't fake laugh your way out of the deep-seeded envy you have for PC gamers. 

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

@Ilikeapples45 Actually this article has nothing to do with gaming. So your comment is irrelevant. Actually, I don't even know why this story is on Gamespot. Sales go up and down all the time and this isn't any kind of in depth story at all.

blown503
blown503

all them phones suck. Most gaming apps suck . but people play them anyways. Never seen anything like it.

jeffkretz
jeffkretz

@LockDeltz Rose-coloured glasses?  Geforce 4 TI (at release in 2002) was $400-$500.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@AlwaysRunning I am not a fan of Win8 either, but it is very simple to get the Start button and the Win7 interface, though if you just want to do that just stay with 7 lol. They prob could have made more Win8 sales if they made Halo 4 exclusively available on Win8 and Xbox 360. 

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

@b74kd3th So would anyone. But I would pick my PC over any PC (unless it's better than mine, and it has parts I like).

19James89
19James89

@blue_shift_91 Desktop PC's are becoming a thing of the past. They take up too much room, come with too many cables, generate too much heat and require seperate monitors, keyboards and mice. Laptops are the future...

blown503
blown503

I would say thats pretty good for a country that only has 313.9 million peeps in it!

blackace
blackace

You have a link with numbers to prove that? lol!! No one knows how many people are buying PC's stickly for gaming or how many gamers are actually building their own PC's. There's no way to get those numbers.

osxgp
osxgp

@twztid13 Windows 8 is crap. Tried to be too much like a tablet OS and failed. Sorry but I like my start bar and don't want fingerprints all over my screen.

blackace
blackace

i was hoping we would have technology like Minority Report before then. lol!!

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Roland3710 

Well you're not the only one, I think a lot of people are in the same situation you are.  The advancement of Hardware / Software is slowing down, and forecaster are saying Moore's Law is coming to an end soon.

Pretty soon it'll be about how we use hardware and software not how powerful it is.

Marky360
Marky360

@blueinheaven @Ilikeapples45 
Ya know he may have all 3 major consoles have web browsers ya know. I know I've visited this site on multiple occations from my PS3.

areial_ace
areial_ace

@19James89 @blue_shift_91 Oh look another PC desktop doom person, the simple fact is that there will always be a need for the fastest and powerful hardware that will only come in a desktop form, also ill guarantee you that an desktop PC will run much cooler then any laptop

twztid13
twztid13

@osxgp MS made a bad decision to try & force their tablet/touch based OS on desktop PC users (since Apple was doing so well, they wanted the "app" based junk to transfer across all MS devices, which was very noticible when the XbOne was announced). There should have been a different version at the bare minimum, imho. I will never buy Windows 8 for any PC.

I hate how they removed all the previous versions from retailers much faster than before after they saw how much everyone hated it. It can still be gotten, but for a small business like my employer that has relationships with some PC manufacturers like Dell (therefore a credit line which we need to buy several PC's at a time), it screws us when they stop carrying PC's with Win 7 installed. It increases costs heavily to make sure Win 7 Pro is on every machine.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@twztid13 

I feel for you, it can be very bad for Small and Medium Businesses that are locked into Windows / MS Office programs and need them to function.

It's why I hope some form of Linux takes off with PC sellers soon.  Even if it's ugh... Ubuntu.  If Ubuntu hit the big time, they'd HAVE to listen to all the complaints that would come in about that Unity interface.