There’s a lot going on in console gaming right now: The Nintendo Switch is off to a seemingly hot sales start, both Sony and Microsoft are hopping on the “mid-generation update” bandwagon, and the PlayStation VR appears to be holding its own.
But for all this newness in the living room, the people that actually make games are still far more likely to work with the tried-and-true PC. This chart from Statista shows the gap: According to a January survey by the Game Developers Conference, 53% of the 4,500 game developers surveyed said they are currently working on a game for the PC or Mac, compared to 27% for the PlayStation 4, 22% for the Xbox One, and 3% for the then-unreleased Switch.
This won’t come to a surprise to those who follow the industry – many of those surveyed are independent developers, and the low barrier to entry and high potential rewards of a PC platform like Steam are typically more welcoming to their pursuits. The PC market also tends to welcome a more diverse set of games, from the weird to the comedic to the hardcore. This doesn’t mean the PC is better, but it does serve as a reminder that the video game industry is much broader than headlines can sometimes suggest.
- BI Graphics/Mike Nudelman/Statista