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If PC Gaming Is Dying Let’s See Hard Facts

The total sales figures for video games in 2010 have just been released and it makes interesting reading.

There is not much to choose between the two heavy weights of living room entertainment.  The PlayStation3 may have sold 3 million less units than the Xbox 360 but it did earn $50 Million more.

Retail and digital figures for tracked markets, seen below in the table, came to over $33 billion in 2010, on over 3.2 billion game purchases. Overall, digital download revenues in 2010 totaled $2.5 billion representing 7.6% of the market total.  You only have to look at Steam to see just how seriously digital distribution now has to be taken.  In 2010, Steam sales were very close to $1 Billion.  With the remaining PC digital markets estimated at around $250 million in 2010, Steam dominates with nearly 80% of the overall PC digital market.

Apple’s dominance on the mobile gaming market is also one that catches your eye when you analyse the figures.  In terms of units sold, the iOS devices pulverises all the other platforms combined.

World Software in 2010

Revenue (USD/Millions) Units (Millions)
Playstation 3 (Retail) $7,293 147
Xbox 360 (Retail) $7,242 150
Wii (Retail) $6,830 186
PC (Retail) $5,000 n/a
Nintendo DS (Retail) $2,562 129
Playstation Portable (Retail) $1,016 45
Steam (DD) $910 85
Playstation 2 (Retail) $756 19
iOS Devices (DD) $749 1905
DLC 360/PS3 (DD) $300 n/a
Non-Steam DD (DD) $250 n/a
XBLA (DD) $135 17
PSN (DD) $90 10
WiiWare (DD) $86 12
Android (DD) $16 465
Blackberry (DD) $8 54
Windows Mobile (DD) $7 13

Source: VGChartz Ltd

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  • what are your tracked markets???

    FAil article

    pc gaming DESTROYS console

    wow makes more money in 1 year that the bottom 95% of ps3 games combined

    • your argument is irrelevant. the article clearly states software and nothing about subscription fees

  • not to mention, dx11 gpu’s in 2010 outsold xbox360 and ps3 combined

    75 millionh gpu’s that are dx11 gaming capable!!

  • Valve doesn’t release sales figures, so I guess this info is only from non-Valve games?

  • yeah because people only buy graphic cards for gaming…