Gaming Notebook Demand To Slow In 2019
Trade sources forecast global demand for gaming notebooks to significantly slow in 2019, with global shipments expected to notch annual growth of 10%, down from over 20% seen in the past six years.
According to Taiwanese trade publication, DigiTimes, industry insiders expect shipments of desktop PCs to marginally grow, with demand for gaming motherboards and graphic cards in the DIY market to remain flat.
The slowdown is attributed to limited upgrades in new processors and graphic cards, plus rapid development in mobile games.
The global economic slowdown stemming from trade tensions between the US and China is also said to hamper shipments.
The news follows a boom in the global gaming market during the last decade, with revenues surpassing US$100 billion.
Trade sources claim profit margins started to decline in 2018, when shipments failed to reach the previous average of over 20%. It follows a surge in new competitors to the gaming hardware market.
Insiders expect the average selling prices of gaming PCs and peripherals to trend downwards in 2019, driven by increasing competition and slowing demand.