Overall time spent playing video games is on the rise, as half of console gamers also play on mobile devices

PC gaming sector shrinking as mobiles boom – report

The growth of tablet and mobile gaming has taken a big chunk out of the PC games sector, a new study has claimed.

The Nielsen 360-degree Gaming Report claimed that PC games accounted for 39 per cent of the total time spent gaming by US gamers aged 13 and over in 2012.

In 2013, that number fell to 33 per cent.

Tablet and mobile gaming, meanwhile, grew from four and nine per cent to nine and ten per cent respectively.

Console gaming also grew one per cent to 38 per cent when next and current-gen console usage is combined.

The report also found that overall gaming time is on the rise within the demographic, climbing from 5.1 hours per week in 2011 to 5.6 hours in 2012 and 6.3 hours in 2013.

The number of console gamers also playing on mobiles and tablets grew from 35 per cent on 2011 to 50 per cent last year.

Nielsen director Nicole Pike added: “With the eighth generation consoles still in their infancy, in addition to up-and-coming platforms such as micro-consoles and cloud gaming gaining momentum, gaming time is poised to continue evolving moving forward.”

See the original story on PCR’s sister site MCV here, and see an infographic of the data below:

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