3D PCs coming soon then a boom, says report

Summary:First, there were 3DTVs. Next up: 3D PCs trickle out in 2010 and then ramp in 2011 and 2012, according to Jon Peddie Research.

First, there were 3DTVs. Next up: 3D PCs trickle out in 2010 and then ramp in 2011 and 2012, according to Jon Peddie Research.

In a report on the Stereo 3D PC market, Jon Peddie research argues that 1 million 3D PCs will ship in 2010 and surge to 75 million units by 2014. Simply put, 3D will become a standard feature in your PC in four years.

Here's the breakdown of projections:

And here's the hedge from Jon Peddie Research:

Although most PCs will be S3D capable due to the GPUs that are in them, not all PCs will be S3D PCs because they need a special monitor, glasses, and appropriate content.

PC makers will push 3D PCs because they will carry higher price points. According to Jon Peddie Research, PC gaming will drive demand. After gaming, Blu-ray movies, streaming TV, photo editing, home video, streaming video and professional graphics will drive 3D PC usage.

The challenge today is that there isn't much use for 3D on a PC due to a lack of content and the fact you'll need to wear glasses (and get a new monitor). Jon Peddie Research argues that the content will come. Revenue related to 3D PC hardware and content will be a $34 billion market in 2014, according to the research firm.

Here's the money chart:

To get to those sums, Jon Peddie Research said its assumptions are based on "the expectation that good quality content will be produced." Meanwhile, hardware costs will fall as consumers see what 3D PCs can do. Be sure to check in 2014 to see how all of this turns out.

Source: Jon Peddie statement

Topics: Hardware

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