The PC continues to be the preferred gaming platform, at the very least amongst North American and European recreation builders.
Annually, the Recreation Builders Convention conducts a ballot of a number of thousand builders for a “State of the Recreation Trade” report. That report, which the GDC has performed for the previous 8 years, helps reveal present tendencies and shifts in curiosity amongst recreation builders world wide. The ballot knowledge for 2021, sourced from greater than 3,000 recreation builders, exhibits some excellent news for the state of PC gaming, each now and sooner or later.
In accordance with the GDC’s ballot, 58% of recreation builders requested “which platform(s) most curiosity you as a developer proper now?” picked the PC. Notice that this does not exclude curiosity in different platforms: respondents to the ballot may select a couple of choice, so devs may choose as many platforms as they needed. However it exhibits the PC leads all different platforms with regards to developer curiosity.
The identical share (58%) responded that their final venture was launched on PC and that their present venture was deliberate for PC. In the meantime, 53% mentioned their subsequent venture is being developed for PC, too. I do not suppose we have anxious a lot in regards to the PC as a platform for at the very least a decade or so (although the absurd concept that ‘PC gaming is dying’ nonetheless circulates sometimes), nevertheless it’s at all times good to have a bit of knowledge to bolster our perception that the PC is one of the best platform for video games.
Examine 2021 to final 12 months’s ballot outcomes, and it is a bit of a rise, with 50% of responding builders saying the PC them most as a platform in 2020.
Second place within the 2021 ballot, main the consoles when it comes to developer curiosity, is the PlayStation 5, with 44% of builders choosing it, adopted by the Nintendo Change (38%), and the Xbox Sequence X/S (30%). Not nice information for Stadia: solely 6% confirmed curiosity in creating for Google’s streaming platform.
The ballot additionally exhibits that with regards to VR and AR, there was a little bit of a decline: the share of devs engaged on a VR or AR recreation was 46% in 2020, whereas in 2021 it is dropped to 38%. The Oculus Quest, nonetheless, was picked because the VR platform with probably the most curiosity by 52% of the builders polled.
It is positively price noting the demographics of the builders polled: Most had been primarily based in North America (57%) and Europe (26%), with solely 8% in Asia, 5% in South America, 2% in Australia and New Zealand, and %1 in Africa. As GDC is US-based, it is a very Western-centric ballot, and the outcomes could be significantly completely different if extra devs from different areas had been surveyed.