Invited down to a glamorous hotel in central London by YOYOTech to see ‘The Resurgence of PC Gaming’, KitGuru was intrigued. The Centerprise performance PC brand was certainly acting confident, but in the face of recent IDC and Gartner reports, was that confidence mis-placed? Ignoring the wine and nibbles, we went in search of facts. This is what we came back with.
As an organisation, Centerprise has some serious history. Its owner, Rafi Razzak has been supplying various parts of the British Government/MoD with systems for more than 20 years.
Speaking to a collective audience of press and manufacturers at the YOYOTech event, Rafi was keen to point out that the world of PC gaming was now coming very close to a genuine ‘in-battle experience’.
As a result, Centerprise is being asked for more and more simulation systems by its main customers.
On show was a pretty realistic Cessena light aircraft system – that would not break the (MoD’s) bank. It’s light, portable and easy to set up.
The event itself was well attended and YOYOTech’s Managing Director, CK, set about the task of explaining how he sees the market.
While accepting that IDC’s prediction for a flat market overall was accurate, CK told the audience “300 million PCs shipping worldwide every year, is still a huge number”.
Given that the larger UK-based system builders would be happy with a market that went up by just 5-10,000 a year, you can see his point.
“Then there is the increase in gaming hardware that’s being predicted for the next 3 years to consider”, he said. “Reports from organisations like Jon Peddie predict that there will be an increase in overall, global gaming hardware spend of close to $200 million a year over each of the next 3 years”.
Sure, that will include a skew toward the new consoles, but YOYOTech believes that the spend will cascade into high end PC hardware as well.
KitGuru says: We will be bringing you more on this event shortly – including new ranges that you can expect to see in the near future and a quick look at Intel’s thoughts on the PC gaming market over the next few years.