The PC is the favored platform amongst recreation devs within the US and Europe
The PC continues to be the preferred gaming platform, a minimum of amongst North American and European recreation builders.
Every year, the Recreation Builders Convention conducts a ballot of a number of thousand builders for a “State of the Recreation Business” report. That report, which the GDC has carried out for the previous 8 years, helps reveal present developments and shifts in curiosity amongst recreation builders world wide. The ballot information for 2021, sourced from greater than 3,000 recreation builders, reveals some excellent news for the state of PC gaming, each now and sooner or later.
In response to 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 might select a couple of choice, so devs might choose as many platforms as they needed. But it surely reveals the PC leads all different platforms in the case of developer curiosity.
The identical proportion (58%) responded that their final challenge was launched on PC and that their present challenge was deliberate for PC. In the meantime, 53% stated their subsequent challenge is being developed for PC, too. I do not suppose we have apprehensive a lot concerning the PC as a platform for a minimum of a decade or so (although the absurd concept that ‘PC gaming is dying’ nonetheless circulates occasionally), but it surely’s at all times good to have a bit information to bolster our perception that the PC is the most effective platform for video games.
Evaluate 2021 to final 12 months’s ballot outcomes, and it’s kind of 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 by way of developer curiosity, is the PlayStation 5, with 44% of builders choosing it, adopted by the Nintendo Swap (38%), and the Xbox Sequence X/S (30%). Not nice information for Stadia: solely 6% confirmed curiosity in growing for Google’s streaming platform.
The ballot additionally reveals that in the case of VR and AR, there was a little bit of a decline: the proportion 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 essentially the most curiosity by 52% of the builders polled.
It is positively price noting the demographics of the builders polled: Most have 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 is perhaps significantly totally different if extra devs from different areas have been surveyed.