For nine in 10 Indians, gaming especially on personal computers (PCs) helps relieve work and study pressure while reducing stress and inducing positive feelings in the remote era, a new HP India report showed on Wednesday, clearing indicating that gaming on the big screen is now being preferred over mobiles in the country. Over 90 percent of those surveyed also said that PC gaming fosters better peer-level socializing and helps make new friends.
While four in 10 (37) percent of mobile gamers want to shift to a PC, indicating strong potential growth for the industry, over 90 percent of respondents view gaming as a viable career option, trend-led by women, according to HP India’s ‘Gaming Landscape Report 2021′.
“The ongoing pandemic has changed the world as we knew it. Amid this chaos, given the need of people to find themselves a stress buster and a tool to connect with friends and family, the gaming sector has witnessed a strong boost,” Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems-HP India Market, told IANS. Women (58 percent) lead men (52 percent) in preferring PCs in their choice of gaming device.
“HP is committed to innovating its product offerings to cater to the user requirements. Additionally, in HP’s continued endeavor to promote the young Indian gamers, a scholarship has recently been announced which will provide international exposure to Indian gamers along with training and financial support to sharpen their skills,” Bedi informed.
The preference for moving to PCs for gaming was led by Millennials and Gen Z respondents (70 percent), as well as by casual and enthusiast gamers (75 percent). An overwhelming 94 percent of respondents across Tier 2 cities, 88 percent across Tier 1, and 87 percent in metro cities prefer PCs over mobile phones for gaming, the findings showed. “Better processing speed, display, and sound are among the top reasons for gamers to migrate to PC gaming,” the report added.
Respondents from Tier 2 cities (84 percent) appeared more likely to choose a career in the gaming industry than those from Metro cities (78 percent). “Gaming is among the fastest-growing segments in our PC portfolio and we expect to continue this momentum and consolidate our position as the leading PC gaming brand in India,” said Ketan Patel, Managing Director-HP India Market. Apart from gaming, respondents highlighted entertainment (54 percent), photo/ video editing (54 percent), and graphic design (48 percent) as other key tasks that they performed on their PCs. (IANS/JC)
(India’s Gaming Landscape Report 2021, PCs for gaming, PCs over mobile phones, HP India Gaming report )