According to a recent report from The NPD Group, total consumer spending on PC gaming hardware and PC accessories reached $5.74 billion in 2021. This represents a 25% increase compared to 2020.
Desktop computers, notebook computers, and PC microphones all experienced massive revenue growths last year (38%, 29%, and 25%). Despite these successes, NPD reports that revenues from PC gaming accessories and hardware will decrease by 4% this year.
“PC gaming continues to offer a wide variety of content, across numerous genres, coming from developers around the world,” said Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst at The NPD Group. “It remains the home of game innovation while providing players myriad ways to engage with the medium. In 2021, the PC platform generated record consumer spending and engagement, further proving that the oldest game platform may indeed still be the industry’s best.”
Digital content for PCs experienced a growth of 5%, hitting a mark of $7.9 billion last year. This includes cloud gaming content as well as non-console virtual reality content.