PC is the developer favorite, PS5 first among consoles in the GDC survey

PC is the developer favorite, PS5 first among consoles in the GDC survey

PC is the developer favorite

PC appears to be the preferred platform for developers, while PS5 is the first preference among consoles, in a survey aimed at developers linked to GDC 2021, which can give an idea of ​​the current situation of many professionals also with regard to projects currently in progress and future.

These are preferences linked to the development environment, therefore they are not personal tastes or on use in terms of users, but they are still interesting to understand what they think of the different platforms from other part of the fence. It should also be noted that the survey is clearly limited as an extension of the sample examined, but it can still be indicative of a general trend.

The PC is by far the preferred platform for developers, according to what emerges from the question "Which platform are you most interested in?" which brings the PC back to first place with 58% of preferences. Of the consoles, the most interesting for developers is PS5 with 44%, beating Nintendo Switch with 38% and Xbox Series X | S with 30%.

PC ranks first among developers in the question "Which platform are you most interested in?" Other interesting questions concern the latest project developed and the next in development, but in all cases the PC is constantly at the top of the preferences, curiously followed by iOS and Android.

PC is always first also as an answer to the question on the platform of the latest game developed, but followed by iOS and Android As for the platform on which the current project is being developed, the PC always dominates followed by iOS and Android, then we find PS5 and Xbox Series X | S almost side by side, to demonstrate how the next gen seems to be proceeding rather hand in hand with regards to the diffusion of projects in development.

The platform question related to the project currently in development demonstrates how PS5 and Xbox Series X | S proceed almost side by side as current support Staying within the scope of developers and surveys, we have also seen how many share the idea that 30% of earnings are too much, referring to the percentage withheld by major online stores such as Steam, Apple App Store and Google Play.

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The PC is the favored platform among game devs in the US and Europe

The PC is still the most popular gaming platform, at least among North American and European game developers.

Each year, the Game Developers Conference conducts a poll of several thousand developers for a 'State of the Game Industry' report. That report, which the GDC has conducted for the past 8 years, helps reveal current trends and shifts in interest among game developers around the world. The poll data for 2021, sourced from more than 3,000 game developers, shows some good news for the state of PC gaming, both now and in the future.

According to the GDC's poll, 58% of game developers asked 'which platform(s) most interest you as a developer right now?' picked the PC. Note that this doesn't exclude interest in other platforms: respondents to the poll could choose more than one option, so devs could select as many platforms as they wanted. But it shows the PC leads all other platforms when it comes to developer interest.

The same percentage (58%) responded that their last project was released on PC and that their current project was planned for PC. Meanwhile, 53% said their next project is being developed for PC, too. I don't think we've worried much about the PC as a platform for at least a decade or so (though the absurd idea that 'PC gaming is dying' still circulates from time to time), but it's always nice to have a little data to reinforce our belief that the PC is the best platform for games.

Compare 2021 to last year's poll results, and it's a bit of an increase, with 50% of responding developers saying the PC interested them most as a platform in 2020.

Second place in the 2021 poll, leading the consoles in terms of developer interest, is the PlayStation 5, with 44% of developers selecting it, followed by the Nintendo Switch (38%), and the Xbox Series X/S (30%). Not great news for Stadia: only 6% showed interest in developing for Google's streaming platform.

The poll also shows that when it comes to VR and AR, there was a bit of a decline: the percentage of devs working on a VR or AR game was 46% in 2020, while in 2021 it's dropped to 38%. The Oculus Quest, however, was picked as the VR platform with the most interest by 52% of the developers polled.

It's definitely worth noting the demographics of the developers polled: Most were based in North America (57%) and Europe (26%), with only 8% in Asia, 5% in South America, 2% in Australia and New Zealand, and %1 in Africa. As GDC is US-based, it's a very Western-centric poll, and the results might be considerably different if more devs from other regions were surveyed.