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The Fall of the PC

On 07/11/2013 at 10:15 AM by Darby Lawson

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It makes me very sad to think that PCs might be soon be shoved out of existence. I recently read an article about how PC sales are declining, thanks to all the new tablet developments that have been releasing. Even though PCs have always had a loyal gamer following, myself included, a lot of people have migrated to the tablets. With the new smart glass features on next-gen consoles, it has been predicted that tablet sales will spike.

I personally use my computer for everything. I built my first computer with my dad when I was still really little, and they've garnered a lot of loyalty from me. 

I hope all the reports will be proven wrong and PC sales will rise. I don't really like using tablets though, and would hate to end up having to get one.



Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/11/2013 at 10:19 AM

I couldn't live without a computer either.  PC sales are in decline, but I don't think they're going to disappear.  they just won't have the dominance they used to, with tablets, and eventually, TV's that act as a home computer. 

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/11/2013 at 10:29 AM

Yeah. The article I read said that they would eventually disappear, but I think people will always need computers. I love my computer. My mom has a tablet that I use sometimes, but I just get frustrated with it. It doesn't seem to be quite as versatile. They do have some cool features, but ultimately, the PC is just better, in my opinion. 

I actually just had an debate with someone about the use of a PC versus a tablet.


07/11/2013 at 10:57 AM

And here I was thinking of "advancing" to a portable lap top with a touch screen. lol. You telling me tablets are the next big thing? Guess I'm not as "savy" as I thought.

Chris Yarger Community Manager

07/11/2013 at 11:13 AM

I honestly can't see PC's going away into extinction. i've seen those articles before, but I don't believe them. I think people are just upset with how bad Window's 8 was. I think I read that PC's were going out back in the early 2000's whenever ME was first revealed and flopped.

Plus, i can't see people sitting in a cubicle and tapping away on a tablet while at work!

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/11/2013 at 06:46 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty skeptical when an article sees a dip in the market and declares doom. I really can't see PCs going away any time soon, tablets are too limited I think.Yargz, do you know why Microsoft seems to bat 500? Seems like XP (which I have) was well-liked, Vista was hated, 7 liked, 8 hated. What gives?

I'm curious what article this is and what sort of time frame and data it was using to come to this conclusion. I don't claim to be an expert in the slightest, but I'm not sure I'm convinced of what this article is projecting.


07/11/2013 at 11:33 AM

The biggest reason that I do not have a proper pc is that I hate Windows so much.  So, I have been waiting for Steam Linux to amass a large enough catalog to go and build a pc with Linux.


07/11/2013 at 11:42 AM

Tablets are great for people who want to consume information and not so great for those who want to create. Writing on a tablet is an uncomfortable experience unless you have a bluetooth keyboard in which case you might as well have a laptop. Printing on a tablet is a pain in the ass if you can get it to work at all. I'm also not a fan of touchscreen gaming

While a certain demographic can do without a PC there are still many who can't so the PC market is getting smaller but it is not going away.


07/11/2013 at 04:34 PM

Being able to write comfortably on a tablet is my only concern right now. I see people in the coffee shops all the time with those tiny keyboards. I need to try one out.

Blake Turner Staff Writer

07/11/2013 at 12:54 PM

 PC sales dip when a new console comes out. It always happens. As we've seen in this generation though, when things stagnate in a console generation the pc prospers. The PC will never be the most popular gaming platform because it is only for people who play enough games to justify it. Although, with consoles going the way they are, no one will be able to claim pc's are less convenient anymore...


07/11/2013 at 04:30 PM

I used to buy tower computers, then I moved to laptops, and I think my next computer in a few years will be a tablet. Hey, it's still a computer. Although, I guess for really power hungry games, you still have to get some crazy huge liquid cooled tower computer to play them. I could never keep up with that kind of thing money-wise anyway. I can't wait to play indie games and Ace Patrol on a tablet though. I have my consoles for the AAA games.

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/11/2013 at 06:59 PM

Sorry-should have phrased better! I didn't necessarily mean that they were completely going away, just that they were on a decline.

I will still favor my PC and my laptop over a tablet anyday. I don't like playing games on my phone, and to me, a tablet isn't that much different. You just have better control with a PC...but that's just my personal opinion.

I do, however, really love my laptop. For both gaming and other tasks...but I don't think I'll ever be getting a tablet, unless it becomes unavoidable.


07/11/2013 at 07:18 PM

Hey the coolest thing about the android tablet I have is that I can use it as a big ass remote control/pvr programmer for the telly. LOL

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

07/11/2013 at 08:08 PM

What else could you possibly want?! Haha.


07/12/2013 at 12:08 PM

Also, new OS boost PC sales, like Windows 7, but the disaster that is Win 8 made people hesitate and stick with good old 7, no need to upgrade. Not to mention competition from tablets and smart phones the size of tablets. LOL! 

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