New Delhi, June 10, 2021: India’s gaming community is displaying a growing preference for PC gaming, according to a study conducted by HP.
The HP India Gaming Landscape Report 2021 has revealed that 89% respondents believe that a PC offers a better gaming experience than a smartphone. More importantly, 4 in 10 (37%) mobile gamers indicated that they would migrate to a PC for gaming, for a much better experience.
In India, where PC penetration is limited compared to mobile phones, this represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the PC gaming industry. The preference for moving to PCs for gaming was led by Millennials and Gen Z respondents (70%), as well as by Casual and Enthusiast Gamers (75%). An overwhelming 94% respondents across Tier 2 cities, 88% across Tier 1, and 87% in metro cities prefer PCs over mobile phones for gaming.
Respondents highlighted the following attributes as their top reasons for preferring PCs over mobiles for gaming: Better processing speed, display and sound are amongst the top reasons for gamers to migrate to PC gaming.
Gaming as Career Option: Gaming has also emerged as a viable career opportunity with over 90% respondents agreeing that gaming industry is a viable career option. As surprising it may sound, but 84% of all women respondents want to pursue gaming as career, followed by 80% of male respondents, along with Gen X (91%) and School Students (88%). Respondents from Tier 2 cities (84%) appeared more likely to choose a career in the gaming industry than those from Metro cities (78%). Women, GenZ, respondents from Western India, and Tier 2 towns have a high affinity for gaming as a career.
Apart from gaming, survey respondents highlighted entertainment (54%), photo / video editing (54%) and graphic design (48%), as other key tasks that they performed on their PCs – highlighting the versatility of PCs with gaming capabilities.
Another finding from the HP India Gaming Landscape Report 2021 is the rise of PC gaming as a stress buster and a tool to connect with friends and family, especially during the prevalent challenge of limited social interaction. Over 92% respondents agreed that gaming helps relieve work / study pressure while reducing stress and inducing positive feelings. In addition, 91% believe that gaming fosters better peer-level socialising and helps make new friends. Similarly, 91% respondents also believe that gaming boosts attention and concentration levels.