Over a third of mobile gamers want to shift to a personal computer, according to a new study by HP. More women over men (58% and 52% respectively) would prefer PCs in their choice of gaming instrument. Over 90% of the over 1,500 respondents said that they view gaming as a viable career option, a trend led by women.

The HP India Gaming Landscape Report 2021 revealed that 89% respondents believe that a PC offers a better gaming experience than a smartphone. Four out of ten, or 37% gamers indicated that they would migrate to a PC for a better gaming experience. In India, where PC penetration is limited compared to mobile phones, this represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the PC gaming industry.

“With people spending more time at home, gaming has seen a dramatic rise, as consumers look to find new avenues for entertainment, stress release and social connect…. the shift from mobiles to PCs by gamers clearly represents a massive business opportunity for HP. Gaming is among the fastest growing segments in our PC portfolio and we expect to continue this momentum…,” said Ketan Patel, Managing Director – HP India Market.

This was led by millennials and Gen Z respondents (70%), as well as by casual and enthusiast gamers (75%). The primary reasons were better processing speed, display and sound.

Among the different demographics, women, GenZ, respondents from Western India, and Tier 2 towns have a high affinity for gaming as a career.

“PC Gaming is now a global phenomenon, and careers opportunities in the industry are immense. This not only represents a big opportunity for India to shine on the global stage, but also highlights the immense value that the PC brings as device, with its all-round capabilities,” said Vickram Bedi, Sr. Director, Personal Systems – HP India Market.

Apart from gaming, survey respondents highlighted entertainment (54%), photo / video editing (54%) and graphic design (48%), as other key tasks that they performed on their PCs – highlighting the versatility of PCs with gaming capabilities.

PC gaming is also emerging as a stress buster and a tool to connect with friends and family, especially during the pandemic. Over 92% respondents said that gaming helps relieve work or study pressure while 91% said that it fosters better peer-level socialising and helps boost attention.

The study was conducted across 1,500 respondents between March and April 2021 across 25 Metros, Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities across India.

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