According to a new report by the BBC News, “global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the ‘longest duration of decline’ in history. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier.”
Mikako Kitagawa, principle analyst at the research firm Gartner, states that the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies. “In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC.”
It’s worth asking what effect declining PC sales will eventually have on PC gaming and even console sales. Or more importantly, whether increasing tablet sales will negatively affect console sales instead.