MANILA - Gaming laptop sales will continue to grow this year, bucking the slump in the broader notebook computer market, Asus Philippines said, as it unveiled its new line for big-spending gamers.
Asus's Republic of Gamers laptops cost P57,000 to P369,995 or roughly the price of a second hand car. The company expects to sell 60,000 gaming laptops this year from 50,000 in 2017.
"It's really amazing that more Filipinos are going for higher specs instead of just price," said Joey Nocom, country product manager for Asus notebooks.
Gaming laptops, which use top-of-the line screens, processors and even dedicated graphics cards, make up a very small part of the notebook market, said Asus country manager George Su.
But the segment that has been growing by 50 to 60 percent. Worldwide PC shipments grew just 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, recovering from a 0.5-percent in the previous quarter, according to industry tracker IDC.
"The growth rate of the gaming segment is very fast among all the sectors," Su said during the unveiling of the new laptops which are equipped with Intel’s 8th generation Core Processors.
Gaming as a social activity is also pushing notebook sales higher, Su said, adding, "It is not very convenient to carry a desktop when you meet friends."
Gaming lifestyles are evolving, with "first person shooter" and "real time strategy" games growing more popular, Su said.
Many gamers are no longer content with simply playing by themselves in their own homes using desktops. Instead, they seek out others who they can compete with.