NVIDIA Says Its Earnings Are Up Because PCs Are Way Better Than Consoles

High-quality, great-looking games like Battlefield 3 show just how much better PCs are than consoles, and that’s why NVIDIA’s revenues for the last quarter are up over the same period last year.

During a question and answer session for NVIDIA investors, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that the longer the current console generation goes on — and the bigger the gap in quality between PCs and consoles becomes — the more money NVIDIA makes as players invest in their PCs.

Huang said for the quarter that ended on Oct. 31, NVIDIA reported $1.06 billion in revenue, which rose from $843.9 million during the same period last year. The company also reported net profits of $178.3 million for the quater, which was almost double the profits from this time last year. The company also said that its GPU business was responsible for a large portion of the company’s total revenue, accounting for $644.8 million.

It’s not just a seasonal boost, either, NVIDIA says — the revenue jumps are the result of PC gamers seeing great games on the horizon, like Battlefield 3, and wanting to be prepared for them.

“We believe this surge of PC gaming demand will drive increased demand for NVIDIA’s GeForce products despite the soft consumer PC market,” the company said. “We expect a multiyear PC gaming cycle, as the PC becomes increasingly more powerful than five to six-year-old gaming consoles.”

I wonder how much money NVIDIA would be making if developers that traditionally supported PC games stopped handicapping their games by developing them for consoles and porting them to PC. Hell, I wonder how much those developers could make if they really gave PC gamers what they wanted. Guess we’ll never know.

Via Eurogamer.

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7 Comments on NVIDIA Says Its Earnings Are Up Because PCs Are Way Better Than Consoles


On November 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

Love how you guys are just so one sided against consoles. Shocked you didn’t mention those high quality great looking games like Rage and Modern warFare 3, oh wait those were two over hyped games that looked better on the cosole then they did on the PC. Shocking that the game makers are still putting all their money into consoles and still treating PCs like the red headed step child, When does Arkarm City come out on PC again? ? ?

Ron Whitaker

On November 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

@josh We’re PC gamers. We love the PC, and we play the majority of our games on it. We still cover console titles, but only the really big ones. Didn’t you notice that?

Perhaps when you have a blind faith in things like the superiority of one platform, it can make you blind to facts. For example, you assert that the PC version of MW3 looked worse than the console version. Having played both, I can tell you that this is demonstrably untrue, unless you’re attempting to run it on ancient PC hardware.

RAGE, once id Software got the lead out and fixed all the bugs, also looked markedly better on PCs. In fact, the only games that you can point to that would look better on console are those that aren’t published on PCs. The PC hardware is simply superior, and no one with a modicum of sense is disputing that.


On November 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Like Whitaker said but in other words, devs still include a few upgrades over console versions – some more than others.

If you have the monitor and video card you can play a game at much greater than 1080p alone regardless of anything else – that right there current consoles cannot do.


On November 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

With a PC you can render at 1080. The consoles render much lower and then upscale. In the case of Battlefield 3 on the xbox it renders at about 600p.


On November 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

The reason that some PC games don’t look better than console games is because they are ported from console with no graphical enhancements. I am pretty sure that’s why.


On November 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I can’t look at PC versions of Battlefield3 because it takes me days to get over how bad my PS3 version looks in comparison. Funny how everything is relative because I was content with the PS3 version but then whenever I play on my friend’s computer my PS3 version looks well like dog crap. But ignorance is bliss.


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