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PC gaming 'could bounce back in coming years'

The success of titles like Diablo could signal a boost in the PC gaming market.

While serious gaming has recently been considered the preserve of console owners, with the runaway success of consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 meaning many designers focused on creating titles optimised for these platforms, some recent developments have led to suggestions the paradigm could be changing.

Technology expert Peter Suciu, writing in Fortune, suggested that PC gaming on laptops and desktop computers could be in for a "resurgence" in the coming months.

This is highlighted by the impressive performance of recent game Diablo III from Blizzard in May - leading to the only time since July 2010 that the top-selling game in the charts was a PC title.

Its success led to a massive boost in the number of games being sold for this platform and led to discussions over the future of gaming on the PC.

Given that no new consoles are expected to be released in 2012, this could be the perfect opportunity for PCs to stake their claim as an important platform for playing games.

Talking to Fortune, Nvidia spokesman Bryan Del Rizzo suggested that cutting-edge graphics card technology could help computers wrest some market share from their console rivals.

"Toward the tail of the console life cycle, the gap between console and PC is just too big for developers to ignore," he said.

Piers Harding-Rolls, senior principal analyst and head of games for IHS Screen Digest, added that the PC market needs to take the lead in "innovation" as it has done in the past.

"This innovation has extended to business models - the introduction of subscriptions and micro-transactions - and across digital business," he explained.

With seminal PC brands such as Max Payne, Battlefield and Diablo recently making use of downloadable content (DLC) to extend the playing experience for gamers and prolong their business model, the industry looks to be in rude health.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801407717-ADNFCR