People who love to play games on the big screen have been known to find it difficult to adapt to the TV-watching lifestyle, and for some, this is because it has its own set of quirks.
In a new report by the Indian IT consulting firm IT Services, we found that while a majority of the respondents said they are willing to buy a PC to watch TV on, they have yet to adopt this decision.
In fact, it’s one of the biggest challenges they face, says Rahul Kumar, who heads up IT Services’ Digital Media Business Unit.
This is because while the average Indian consumer may be more familiar with the idea of watching TV on the computer, many still prefer to play on the TV set.
They may also feel that a PC will allow them to stream their favorite shows and movies to a remote, he says.
“But the reality is that you can’t stream your favourite shows on a PC, or play games at all on a remote,” Kumar says.
In an interview, Kumar said the real issue is the lack of clarity about what it means to have a TV in a house.
While many TV sets come with an HDMI port, the majority of televisions have no built-in HDMI, meaning they can’t be used to view a TV show.
In other words, even though it’s possible to watch a TV on a laptop with a laptop monitor, you’re unlikely to be able to connect the TV’s HDMI port to your TV.
This leaves the majority watching their favourite shows and films on a smartphone, while watching TV via the TV in their living room.
The other major challenge they face is that the majority are too lazy to buy and install a PC for the TV, Kumar says, which means they end up playing games on their TV.
But while this may not seem like a big deal for the average TV user, it is when it comes to gaming.
A survey conducted by the gaming research firm GfK found that 80 per cent of Indian adults are willing, if given the opportunity, to buy gaming devices to play online, while only 12 per cent are willing or able to use a PC as their primary gaming console.
This suggests that a lot of the gaming habits of the Indian population are based around games on mobile phones.
This is also why Kumar believes that PC gaming is not a viable option for most Indians.
“People may feel that if they buy a gaming console for the television, it will help them connect with their friends on the PC.
But if you do that and they are also connected to the internet, it may not be as easy to do things,” Kumar said.
“The best solution for them is to get a TV to play.”
So, while the majority still prefer playing games in their own home, Kumar argues that it is not the best option for everyone.
“If you have to go to a hotel, go to an airport, a hotel is a great place for your gaming.
But even if you have an internet connection, you might not be able connect to the friends you used to be connected to.
And that’s when it becomes difficult,” he says, adding that many Indian households still lack basic broadband connectivity.