George Rouppas, the Consumer Category Manager of Personal Systems for Middle East at HP, speaks about the gaming industry trends in the region
Is the PC gaming market growing in the region?
The gaming industry has evolved and come a long way in our region. The Middle East’s video games industry is worth more than $1 billion and is expected to rise to $4.4 billion by 2022, such growth means that the regional gaming growth is faster than the global average, which only shows us the potential to grow in this area. With several new launches to our OMEN portfolio, this year, as well as introducing innovative and latest technologies, we have noticed a positive and significant growth in our overall business in the Middle East.
What sort of products and services do gamers go for in the region?
Today, gamers demand optimal and desktop-level performance to deliver the best frame rates and responsiveness to beat the competition. Further, they have also developed an appetite for devices that don’t compromise performance for mobility.
In the light of this, HP continues to study how games compete at the highest levels in order to develop the ideal gaming machine that responds to their needs. This includes the elements of delivering high-end components, advanced thermal solutions, fast and responsive displays and software tools that help them push their gaming hardware to the limit.
How is VR redefining the gaming industry?
VR content in gaming continues to increase. In the gaming industry, we are starting to see more gaming developers incorporate VR elements in their upcoming game titles in response to the growing demand from consumers, for a more immersive gameplay experience. For gamers, this should be a good time to invest in VR equipment especially with an influx of new gaming titles that are VR-enabled, coming to market early next year.
At HP, we ensure that our gamers can take full advantage by offering the VR backpack to be used with our OMEN lineup. The VR backpack provides free movement during gameplay and a truly immersive, untethered experience. It also comes equipped with full docking capabilities and swappable batteries that enable extended VR sessions without the need to shut down the PC.