Jon Peddie Research, the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, has announced that it forecasts the market for PC gaming hardware to see a 30% increase in 2010, equating to a $6 billion increase over 2009.

Senior video game industry analyst at JPR, Ted Pollak, credits this growth to a number of factors: "The largest influence on the high forecasted growth rate is due to purchasing delays for systems and upgrades in 2008/2009 as consumers circled the wagons and took a conservative position on discretionary spending. A recovering economy, processing advancements, and higher quality gaming offerings will all contribute to a healthy year for PC gaming hardware in 2010."

Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research added: "The PC gaming market continues to be the high growth, and technological leader for home entertainment. With Windows 7 and DirectX 11, advanced and exciting physics, and stereovision capabilities, the PC platform is far and away the most advanced."

By 2012 JPR forecasts the total PC gaming market to be worth $34.76 billion.