We're all going to have 3D Pcs whether we like it or not

A total of 75 million stereoscopic 3D PCs will ship by 2014, a graphics analyst has warned.

According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the market for 3D PCs will show uick growth in the near future, with one million units shipping this year and 75 million by 2014.

But, Jon Peddie warns, although most PCs will be S3D “capable” because of the graphics processors they contain, not every PC will be 3D because they’ll need a special monitor, glasses and perhaps most importantly, content.

There’s evidence that the push to 3D is vendor led, rather than due to popular demand. 3D PCs will have a higher average selling price than your common or garden PC. “As a result, the 3D PC market will be very attractive to PC manufacturers and content suppliers,” the report warned.

In fact, hardware vendors and content providers are likely to be licking their lips in anticipation and buying in the Krug champagne if JPR’s projections are correct.

The following table illustrates the future for hardware and content providers, according to JPR. Shipment figures are in millions of units, market value is in millions of dollars.

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
CAGR
PCs for S3D
0.86
6.10
29.54
60.65
75.0
206%
S3D capable GPUs
125.03
134.4
141
144.62
149.99
5%
HW market value
$640
$4,150
$16,749
$22.351
$24,876
150%
Content mkt value
$51
$366
$1,772
$3,639
$4,500
206%

Jon Peddie said: “Gaming will be the behicle for kick starting the S3D PC market. The gaming segment has the largest inventory of content and the most vocal enthusiasts who will spread the word and show their friends and families what it looks like and what it can do. Our forecast is that the S3D market will soar within the next three years based on the expectation that good quality content will be produced, and the incremental cost for S3D will diminish, if not disappear.”

He said if that doesn’t happen, “history will repeat itself and it will be reduced to a small volume novelty market”.