PC shipments expected to fall by 10% in 2013, fall again next year

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By on December 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

The numbers continue to tally up against PC sales into the future, with analyst group IDC forecasting that sales figures will have fallen by 10% at the end of 2012 — despite

This is actually slightly worse than the previous projection, and is “the most severe yearly contraction on record,” says the IDC. 2014 is expected to bring another decline of around 4%, with total PC shipments falling to barely ahead of 2008 levels.

Commercial PC markets are faring better than consumer ones, a phenomenon attributed to “a smaller impact from tablets”, and a surge as people move to replace Windows XP systems before Microsoft officially discontinues support.

“Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system,” said the IDC’s Jay Chou. “While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available.”

“And despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices. As a result, PC lifespans continue to increase, thereby limiting market growth.”

Source: IDC via Forbes

17 comments (Leave your own)

eactly…so why are they suprised, shouldnt they jsut scale down their manufacturing numbers instead a little?

 
Bane Williams

See I like to think of this as most people are starting to become aware that prebuilt PC’s are frequently more expensive, and are starting to get a friend to build them one. IDC figures only count prebuilt PC’s, and they only count major markets.

 

Bane Williams:
See I like to think of this as most people are starting to become aware that prebuilt PC’s are frequently more expensive, and are starting to get a friend to build them one. IDC figures only count prebuilt PC’s, and they only count major markets.

Yep unlike 10-15 years ago when only ultra nerds knew how to do this, almost everyone would have a friend of family member that could do it for you if required.

 

Compared to a few years ago, putting a PC together is pretty easy. Even the software generally takes care of itself.

Also there’s the whole thing around most people simply not needing faster PCs. Cutting edge games requiring new tech aren’t that common and most other people stick to browsing and office tasks.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Sooo… Will this make parts cheaper, or more expensive? *Strokes his chin*

 

This is a stupid report.

What it should say is Dell, HP, Mac etc etc are down in sales.

Population growth ensures sales will always rise unless the product is flawed.

PC’s are in no way flawed.

Massive markups on pre built systems is incredibly flawed because people are starting to realise computers are only 1 step up from lego.

 

its because the pcs of late have been pretty awesome (especially cpus), no real need to upgrade unless you have an urge to buy the latest tech.

 

stryker3216:
Population growth ensures sales will always rise unless the product is flawed.

PC’s are in no way flawed.

I’ll bite. Can you show me how PC’s are not flawed and how population growth = most sales.

 

Pretty sure I see this each year but it doesn’t really happen.

 

Bane Williams:
See I like to think of this as most people are starting to become aware that prebuilt PC’s are frequently more expensive, and are starting to get a friend to build them one. IDC figures only count prebuilt PC’s, and they only count major markets.

that partenered with the fact that PC’s have a far lower failure rate than consoles IE “Oh look my Gen 1 Xbox 360 that came out yesterday red ringed and microsoft wont RMA it… Well shit i better go buy another one coz it’s so awesome and shit”

also the fact it’s pretty generally expected that you create a nice clean environment for your PC to run in. Where as consoles are expected to work sitting under a TV by a window catching every little bit of dust that the outside world can spew at it.

 
Lord_PorkSword

Yeah, with most games being console ports there’s never really any motivation to upgrade your PC every year like it was back in the day.
I’d rather see the stats on things like video card or hard drive sales as they’d move more units over other components.
My i7-920 has lasted through 3 gfx card upgrades and since water cooling it there’s still no need to move onto another CPU just yet.

 

collect0r,

Uhh… what? Microsoft will RMA (hell even the retailer you bought from has some obligations) and the ACCC will make them uphold the consumer guarantee.

Also, I’ve had my whole PC fail at some point nor another because each individual part only lasts 5-10 years (GPU died with Spore in 2008, PSU degraded and couldn’t run my 7970, 3 SSDs die after their time, p5b deluxe mobo prevented me from overclocking, and a few dead mice and keyboards), whereas my x360 failed once after around 5 years and hasn’t failed since.

 

rapid101,

how can you expect psu and ssds to last more than 5 years?

 

These reports are so misleading. Big business sales of PC’s are in decline. Check out the Parts resellers and they are up 20-40% per year at the moment. PCCG are telling me they are finding some stock lines hard to keep open due to demand. More people are getting custom built over big business as it makes better financial sense as you get something designed for your needs.

I can’t help but enjoy seeing Dell, HP et al lose market share to the small fish ;)

LOL rapid101 sounds like you didn’t do research when putting your machine together. Also sounds like just like most people out there you suffer the random component failure problem, something that is common, moreso in X360′s than in PC’s. but still common.

The P5B deluxe was a pretty crap mobo despite the PR about it. Getting a 7970 and not having a decent PSU for it is a mistake you made not the hardware. 3xSSD’s dieing sounds like you jumped on the SSD bandwagon early or didn’t have TRIM supported or running properly. I’ve had client’s with OCZ Vertex 3′s have them still running just fine.

Keyboards and mice I usually am happy with a year to two years of usage from them. My G15 lasted a while but that was after 2 replacements early on which just broke for no reason. Due to heavy usage though I can’t expect more than 2 years for dome or 3 for mechanical. Mice are another high use/wear product that for me are lucky to last longer than a year. Build quality is a big problem with Mice as cost reduction per unit is pretty heavily enforced by manufacturers. So 1yr per mouse.

TBH my most hated parts are mechanical HD’s and Gfx cards. Both seem to have very hit or miss build quality and are the highest failure parts for me outside RAM. Still haven’t had a gfx card last it’s warranty period, even my current 6950 doesn’t work correctly and hates the 13.x drivers. It’s going in my media centre running Win 7 when I get my R9 290.

 
MuscularTeeth

Im certainly upgrading my own pc’s less than i ever did.
when it was x86, 286,386, 486, 586, blah etc it was like a arms race of rapidly building up arms. upgrade every five minutes.

 

RSOblivion,

Agree, the only people buying complete boxed systems are business filling office space or replacing desktops on mass. With most office requirements being met by even rather dated systems the cycle time here is quite long.

There is a big difference between these figures and how many (up to date) computers are sitting in peoples homes.

 

The “pc” as the statistics are most likely talking about (brand names) should have died years ago, I really don’t think there talking about custom pc’s. If you build your own pc your not going to replace it with an ipad.

 
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