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Competition is an essential part of life. With the arrival of PS5, PC Gaming will surely have to race fiercely. In the end, the one who benefits the most is gamer.
The current generation of gaming consoles is helping to make PC gaming “spring”, and whether the next-generation PlayStation 5 will help PC gaming thrive?
At first glance, over the years, it seems like such a plausible theory. Games are becoming increasingly complex, often costing tens of millions of dollars to create.
Developers and publishers are interested in selling as many copies as possible, which means they target the mid-range PC market. And with gaming consoles that have been in existence for five years or more, a lot of games have to be ‘in the water’ to ensure that those consoles can still run them. Or for some reason.
How many PC gamers are really using modern hardware platforms?
Relying on hardware surveys Steam can provide the fastest look for PC gaming hardware in general. Based on Steam’s survey, about half of current Steam computers have a graphics card that is more or less powerful than the GPU in PS4.
PS4 is five years old and 35% of Steam’s GPU is equal to or faster than PS4 Pro. In addition, 40% of the computers surveyed were running CPUs clocked below 3GHz and 82% were 2-core or 4-core processors.
In other words, if gaming consoles are not used to play PC games, they are only part of the equation. Old and slower PCs are also partly to blame, because they are at least two-thirds of those who have purchased new computers, with increasingly complex configurations. The good news is that “mid-range PCs” are also getting faster.
13 percent of all Steam PC surveyed had GPUs not equal to PS4 Pro, but obviously faster than it. That’s about 20 million gamers and the number of PCs in this elite group is growing, it’s up two percent since the beginning of 2019 and is likely to reach 20% or more of total PC gamers by the end of this year.
By the time PS5 arrived, more than a quarter of gaming PCs were able to provide the same performance.