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PC hardware one of the least impacted sectors and is set to overtake console sales this year

Gaming sales still strong despite economic crisis

The recession has failed to impact consumer spend on gaming hardware, according to the latest figures from research house JPR.

It noted that while all parts of the gaming industry had seen a slow down in activity, PC gaming was amongst the least impacted areas. However, it did concede that it was likely to see further contraction later this year of around seven per cent or $1.4bn (£876m).

"The decline is due to reduced sales, because of the recession, and lower prices on PCs and components," the report read. "But, in such an environment, PC gaming systems seem to have suffered the least discounting, which illustrates the value consumers place on such systems."

JPR also forecasted that the PC gaming market is set to ‘eclipse’ the hardware market for gaming consoles by around $2bn (£1.25bn) this year.

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