The entire gaming market slumped 12% in the US last year

The PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, HDR gaming, 4K gaming, and more didn't help the US gaming market in 2016.

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I hate to be the ringer of bad news, but the entire gaming market - both consoles, and PC - dropped 12% in the United States in 2016 compared to 2015's numbers.

The entire gaming market slumped 12% in the US last year |

The latest report from NPD Group said that PC software sales increasing by 5% in 2016 - compared to the 13% drop in 2015 - while console and portable software dropped 6%, hardware dropping by a larger 24% chunk, and accessories with a 6% drop. Overall, the gaming industry in the US dropped 12% to $12.1 billion.

Do you think the release of the Xbox Scorpio and Nintendo Switch will help console hardware, software, and peripherals sales this year? What about the next-gen Ryzen CPU from AMD, RTG's upcoming Vega GPU, NVIDIA's new graphics cards - and hopefully a tease of Volta at GTC in May? And, what games are looking to be big sales - because 2016 was filled with massive AAA titles, but 2017 isn't looking as lucrative to game publishers in terms of large sequels.

Maybe game developers are learning their lessons, eh?


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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