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PC slump kills HP / Dell.

DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,402Member Uncommon

http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/22/technology/hp_earnings/index.htm

"As PC sales swooned, Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday that its profit fell by a dramatic 44% while sales sank 7% in its fiscal first quarter, ended Jan. 31."

 

I'm sure most of you know how to build your own computer. However, like in MMORPGs, we represent a tiny fraction of a game's player base.

The ultimate decline of our genre is inevitable. I wonder what it will be like 10 years from now...

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  • zakiyawowzakiyawow Boston, MAPosts: 626Member Common

    Originally posted by mmoDAD

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/22/technology/hp_earnings/index.htm

    "As PC sales swooned, Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday that its profit fell by a dramatic 44% while sales sank 7% in its fiscal first quarter, ended Jan. 31."

     

    I'm sure most of you know how to build your own computer. However, like in MMORPGs, we represent a tiny fraction of a game's player base.

    The ultimate decline of our genre is inevitable. Just hope that the next major console release supports mouse and keyboard.

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. Most of HP and Dell are survinging on gov and education bulk sales. Not to mention PC gaming has always been say to decline since late 80s. I believe PC gaming now is way stronger than the past. Also, I think a lot of gamers nowadays are more into those custom build machines.

  • Cod_EyeCod_Eye jarrowPosts: 1,016Member

    There will always be a market for hobbiest, even if it becomes a niche market, the only sad part will be that we may see the end of pc games made by the developers who will turn to other devices like consoles and handhelds. The market will move on  and so will the users.

  • just2duhjust2duh City, NSPosts: 1,290Member

     Having just had a power supply die in an HP computer that is about 2 years old, and having the pleasure of experiencing their customer service - or lack there of (if your warranty has expired, they seriously refuse support & charge for your phone call if it is).. i'm quite glad to hear they have been losing money lol.

     On that note I don't think they are a very good example to point towards a decline in PC gaming popularity, they are just a terrible company. I'll definetly never buy any of their products again.

     

  • ExcessionExcession NottinghamPosts: 367Member Uncommon

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  • ClassicstarClassicstar rotjeknorPosts: 2,690Member

    In 10 years time webgames, code on cloud only screen and reciever needed no hardware anymore.

    PC desktop will be first to dissapear then laptops and future we will have tablets phones or big screens in your home.

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  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    Why are you so concerned with an over priced thing as an off the shelf computer like those sold by Dell and HP?  It is so easy to build your own these days it can almost be done blind folded.    It also far cheaper to build your own and it'll be way more powerful than the ones you can buy from HP or Dell.

     

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  • MehveMehve Kitchener, ONPosts: 487Member

    Oh look, another PC's are dying post. Been seeing those for how long now?

    The original proliference of desktop PC's was nothing more than our inability to miniaturize until more recently. In an ideal situation, I wouldn't be pulling 200W from the wall just to post a reply in this forum. The only thing my home desktop should be doing is gaming. Everything else should be handled by notebooks, netbooks, smartphones, etc. All those desktops that aren't being sold anymore? They're being replaced by the aforementioned.

    The only household segment that doesn't have a true replacement is the most processing-intensive - gaming. Except that gaming computers are often upgraded, not replaced, and by budget-conscious people. So yeah, big box computer sellers like HP and Dell, who are either peddling non-upgradable/proprietary-upgradable computers, or just plain overpriced ugprade parts are up a creek.

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  • BrenelaelBrenelael Warren, MEPosts: 3,996Member

    Originally posted by just2duh

     Having just had a power supply die in an HP computer that is about 2 years old, and having the pleasure of experiencing their customer service - or lack there of (if your warranty has expired, they seriously refuse support & charge for your phone call if it is).. i'm quite glad to hear they have been losing money lol.

     On that note I don't think they are a very good example to point towards a decline in PC gaming popularity, they are just a terrible company. I'll definetly never buy any of their products again.

     

    I deal with all of the major manufacturers almost on a daily basis and I can tell you HP is actually one of the more helpful ones. If you think they are bad try Acer, Dell or Toshiba. They are all like this now. Asus seems to be the only one that kinda stands above the rest but not by very much. All of the major computer companies' tech support and warrenty services suck big time these days.

     

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  • AlcuinAlcuin Broken State, CAPosts: 310Member Uncommon

    With the adoption of Common Core State Standards in all schools nationwide, and the subsequent need for all standardized testing to be computer-adaptive by 2014...

    ... PC companies are going to do just fine.  Huge government grants are on the way.

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  • OberanMiMOberanMiM Chicago, ILPosts: 236Member

    Pretty sure i read that HP/Lenovo/Dell were the top PC sellers last year when you take out the falsely inflated numbers caused by people lumping tablets in as actual PC's (trying to find the source)

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