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The iPad is still the most popular tablet on the market by far
Tablet market will continue to grow at the same time

Gartner says that the growth in the PC market in 2011 will slow to 9.3%, which is lower than the previously predicted 10.5% growth. The total number of computers predicted to ship this year is 385 million. Part of the reason growth in the market is slowing according to Gartner is that there are fewer compelling reasons for the consumer to upgrade their computer today. The company also predicts that there will be few direct replacements of PCs with tablets. The tablet is expected to be a complementary device to a computer.

"Consumer mobile PCs are no longer driving growth, because of sharply declining consumer interest in mini-notebooks. Mini-notebook shipments have noticeably contracted over the last several quarters, and this has substantially reduced overall mobile PC unit growth," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Media tablets, such as the iPad, have also impacted mobile growth, but more because they have caused consumers to delay new mobile PC purchases rather than directly replacing aging mobile PCs with media tablets. We believe direct substitution of media tablets for mobile PCs will be minimal."

Gartner predicts that over the next 18 months, PC growth will be supported by healthy replacement in the professional markets. Many of these professional users have been holding onto existing computers in the face of the sagging economy. "Businesses sharply reduced replacements and extended PC lifetimes in response to the recession," said Raphael Vasquez, research analyst at Gartner. "Businesses have begun replacing aging PCs more vigorously. We expect the growing urgency for businesses to migrate away from Windows XP will drive significant professional replacements."

The tablet market is continuing to grow with very robust sales of tablets like the iPad. The iPad is in such high demand that Apple is having a hard time keeping up with the demand and some users are willing to go to extreme measures to purchase one. Android tablets are also increasing in popularity and Windows tablets are starting to hit the market with capabilities more like a notebook than Android tablets or the iPad.

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RE: Hm
By inperfectdarkness on 6/9/2011 4:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
they SAY it's being primarily developed for PC...but i'll believe it when i see it.

imho, not only should all FPS's be developed for PC; the lead developer should not even touch console porting. console porting should be handed to a different developer altogether.

RE: Hm
By Strunf on 6/9/2011 7:23:23 AM , Rating: 3
The PC version will get 64 players per game, if they were thinking on consoles first then this number would be much lower.

RE: Hm
By quiksilvr on 6/9/2011 10:07:09 AM , Rating: 2
What you talking about? You can have 40 players on Resistance, 32 on SOCOM and frigging 256 in MAG. It's completely possible to have 64 online.

RE: Hm
By Strunf on 6/9/2011 9:23:28 PM , Rating: 2
Go tell that to DICE cause it's them who said the console version would have 24 players and smaller ground maps.

MAG can achieve that number of players cause the devs had that in focus, there aren't planes, helicopters, destructible environments etc...

RE: Hm
By tayb on 6/9/2011 7:51:31 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you would run a development studio that didn't care about income or profit then.

Sorry but there will be more consoles sales in the first 24 hours for this game than the PC version will sell TOTAL.

Besides being a fan of PC gaming I see no reason why any developer would target the PC as their main platform. Consoles are a cash cow.

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