PC Gaming World Contracts

As Xbox, Wii, PS3 draw casual gamers away, PCs left with die-hard fans of killing games
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2007 3:41 PM CST
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(Newser) – The PC gaming industry is on the defensive, with sales of PC games down substantially over the past five years, as less expensive gaming consoles have become more powerful. The Wii, Xbox, and PS3 have lured away casual gamers, leaving the PCs to hardcore gamers playing, first-person shooters and complex role-playing and strategy games, CNET reports.

Part of the problem is that PC games only work well on expensive computers. "Something needs to be done so a person buying a PC at Wal-Mart could be a PC gamer too," an industry insider said. Until that happens, PC games will likely continue to court only a small, lucrative core of die-hard gamers.