Competition is an inevitable part of life. With the appearance of PS5, PC Gaming will definitely have to race fiercely. In the end, the ones who benefit the most are the players. The current generation of gaming consoles are helping PC gaming “spring back”, and will the next generation PlayStation 5 help PC gaming to thrive?
Developers and publishers are interested in selling as many copies as possible, which means they’re targeting the mid-range PC market. And with consoles that have been around for five years or more, a lot of games have to be ‘in the water’ to ensure those generations of consoles can still run them. Or for some reason.
How many PC gamers are actually using modern hardware platforms? Based on survey hardware Steam can provide the fastest insight into general PC gaming hardware.
Based on a Steam survey, about half of current Steam computers have graphics cards that are either stronger or better than the GPU in PS4 at the age of five and 35% of Steam’s GPU is equal to or faster than the PS4 Pro. Additionally, 40% of the computers surveyed were running CPUs that clocked below 3GHz and 82% were either 2-core or 4-core processors.
In other words, if the consoles are not intended to play PC games, they are only part of the equation. Older and slower PCs are partly to blame, too, because they at least two-thirds of people have bought a new machine, with increasingly complex configurations. The good news is that the “mid-range PC” is also getting faster.
13 percent of all surveyed Steam PCs had a GPU that didn’t match the PS4 Pro’s, but obviously faster than it. By the time the PS5 came out, more than a quarter of gaming PCs were able to deliver similar performance. So what does PS5 really mean for PC gaming?