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This is kind of an inevitability anyway. Desktops are going the way of the dodo. I don’t think the shortage affects that timeline though.
Your words not mine; and history doesn't really have a strong indicator that they are. The only indicator is that the market is both diversifying and saturated on device usage. We gained mobile, we gained tablet, we gained laptop, and yet, enterprise is full of desktops and/or laptops connected to a screen on a desk, even if only just for ergonomic purposes; desktops still possess local processing power unmatched by any other device and deliver latencies and hardware upgrade cycles much faster and earlier to individuals.
In addition, PC is still the core machine for any development work and even with apps being huge these days, dev work still happens on a powerful desktop or laptop. I say desktop or laptop because I do see those as similar/same devices, its customizable hardware that runs any OS you want, instead of walled garden nonsense like consoles or mobiles have it - those are managed ecosystems built for consumers to buy stuff on. Its a different market that exists alongside the PC. It is, will be and has always been completely misguided to view those as a single market or at odds with one another - that only applies to the consumers that only consume and never get past it. However, both content consumption AND creation are major growth markets as they have always been. Irony has it that with more consumers you also need more creators to get content to consume.
Its the same thing for gaming. There are more games than there have ever been, the market generates more revenue than ever, and despite mobile and consoles growing YoY, the gaming PC is still here to stay. A few years of shite GPUs won't change that; cloud gaming won't change it; nor the fact people also use other devices to game on. There are no numbers backing that up. There are only numbers backing up a net growth and some shifts in the devices or services we use.
Last, a big aspect of the PC is the unmatched versatility and freedom. As gardens get more walls, the demand for such a free haven also increases or becomes more of a unique selling point. The demand for such devices, as a specific demand, not something 'nice to have'; is also growing - a similar trend that is a constant throughout history. People want control, and even more so when they feel it slipping away.
About glasses being half-full and all
I wonder how many people know that you can max out textures (assuming that you have enough VRAM) and anisotropic filter without fps loss.
This... now rewind a few months about the big discussions on VRAM on Ampere GPUs and how none of it was true, Nvidia was doing all as intended and everything is fine when gen-over-gen GPUs actually lost more than half their VRAM per % of core performance. We also have a few bright lights on this forum - scientists even - that keep yapping about how AFx16 and ultra textures are nonsensical or performance hogs and can easily be turned lower for a big advantage in some odd way. Goes to show how people have different takes on reality - even those who spout being knowledgeable. Its staggering to see how a few marketing blurbs distort people's sanity or things they've always considered logical.
Welcome to the internet We all do this though, whatever we think is true is our reality. The best we can do is learn as we go and admit we've been wrong. A quality many have forgotten lately, it seems; and I'll admit right here I can use a reminder from time to time myself.