PC screens can get cheaper as sales slow
After five straight quarters of increased display sales, fueled by a shift to work from home (WFH) caused by the pandemic, sales began to decline in the third quarter of 2021, according to IDC. While this is not good news for suppliers, it is good news for consumers, because as demand slows, prices can also drop.
The demand for PC monitors skyrocketed in the first half of 2020, as people started purchasing LCD screens for laptops. This demand has continued to increase mainly due to the WFH, but shipments have now returned to their normal pace, IDC market researchers say, at least by the numbers, which could lead to lower pressure on the supply chain and a consequent drop in prices. . Mai doesn’t mean to say so.
“We believe around 25 million game AIBs will be sold in 2021 (JPR gets the data from companies like AMD and Nvidia, not retailers),” Peddie said. “Gamers using laptops and integrated graphics usually don’t invest much in a monitor, especially a gaming monitor. So I think it would be safe to estimate that 12-15 million gamers in 2021 have invested. in what would be characterized as a gaming monitor. “
“Covid-19 has driven a lot of people to upgrade their systems, and even though they don’t have a dedicated gaming PC, they outfit their PCs to play within their budget,” said Jon Peddie, Jon Peddie’s boss. To research.
About 34.8 million PC screens were sold in the third quarter of 2021, down 7.2% from the same quarter a year ago, according to IDC. This certainly contrasts with the 86,652 million PCs shipped in Q3, but given that the vast majority of PCs are now laptops, it doesn’t come as a surprise. Meanwhile, the gaming LCD market continues to grow and that’s a positive point. Last year, the number of monitors and gaming machines grew to 26.4 million units.
According to IDC, the overall value of the combined gaming PC and monitor markets is expected to grow from $ 43 billion in 2020 to just over $ 60 billion in 2025 with a five-year CAGR of 7.4%. Sure, shortages and premiums are things we’d expect, but IDC says gaming monitors were at $ 339 in 2020, but are expected to drop to $ 309 in 2025. Unfortunately, IDC isn’t disclosing what is. a gaming PC, but given the current prices for the best graphics cards our Jarred Walton picked out, there are reasonable doubts about using a discrete GPU out there.
“There has been a strong interest in high refresh monitors (up to 144Hz and even beyond),” said Peddie. “Also, there was movement from HD to 1440 and even 4K. And then there are these beautiful 34- to 49-inch curved monitors. ”
As demand for hardware in general has skyrocketed in 2020-2021 and growth slows, demand for gaming screens will be stable, according to JPR.