According to the latest forecast from International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Gaming Tracker, global shipments of gaming PCs and monitors are growing faster than their native markets.
For gaming PCs, which include both desktop and notebook PCs, unit shipments are expected to grow from 41.3 million in 2020 and to 52.3 million in 2025. Similarly, the gaming monitor market is expected to grow from 14.2 million units to 26.4 million during the same time frame. This is equivalent to two product categories. whose five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 4.8 per cent and 13.2 per cent, respectively.
A solid growth projection is based on strong recent trends. Despite high logistics costs as well as a lack of components affecting both PCs and displays, shipments remain brisk in 2021. The second quarter of 2021 (2Q21) ended with a combined shipment of 15.6 million gaming monitors and PCs, a growth of 19.3 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2020.
“The gaming market was on fire for years leading into the start of the pandemic in 2020 and things only accelerated as most people were spending more time at home and in front of screens,” said Ryan Reith, Group Vice-president with IDC’s Mobility and Consumer Device Trackers. “At this point, the global supply shortage is well known and continues to be a moving target, yet demand for gaming hardware (PCs, consoles, monitors, etc.) and titles continues to surge. Many have speculated that as reopening slowly begins around the world this growth could be in jeopardy, but we are just not seeing that.”
Overall, the value of the combined gaming PC and monitor markets grew from $43 billion in 2025 to just $60 billion in 2025 with a five-year CAGR of 7.4 per cent. Despite this growth, slightly different Average Selling Price (ASP) trends are expected to emerge in both categories. For gaming PCs, IDC expects ASPs to grow from $925 last year to $1007 in 2025, despite the recent introduction of lower-cost gaming desktops and notebooks. In comparison, gaming monitors were at $339 last year and are expected to drop to $309 in 2025.
“Increasingly accessible price points and the ability to handle a variety of tasks outside of gaming are just some of the reasons we expect the gaming PC market to remain healthy in the coming years,” said Jay Chou, research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. “However, even within this performance-focused segment of the market, portability is still important, and that means gaming desktops need to innovate to compete against gaming notebooks.”