2022 is finally far behind. Let alone a year hardware however, it was not the world’s most notable since then there is a pandemic still a little paralyzed. Production picked up again at the end of the cycle as consumers began to rise again to demand new things. In this context, we can hope so 2023 will be a year full of announcementswill mark the realization of promises made in innovative products or previous years.
Finally, is it at least still possible? For some people, the hardware is in decline. Big trends have already paid off, finally the promises made did not live up to expectations. We can think of 5G, which has not had a major impact on our daily lives, or virtual reality, which has maintained its place despite the stars in the eyes of its ardent advocates. Some even open several lawsuits that will last until 2023.
Instead of being defeated, let’s be optimistic: here are three hardware trends you should definitely follow This year.
Free consoles play games
There was before and after the Switch. Nintendo’s latest console has proven to be of interest to the general public powerful mobile video game devicehas the main advantage of being placed in the center of uses. Mobile? Check it out. Desktop? Check it out. TV? Check it out. This demonstration did not leave anyone indifferent, as evidenced by the commercial success of the product, and from 2017 it influenced the emergence of extensive competition.
If there is an unforgettable high-tech product in the technology market in 2022, it is the Steam Deck. Valve’s first portable console, of course, was able to please its players, but above all it convinced observers. this “portable computer in console format” market existed Out of Shenzhen workshops. Because yes, historically, we cannot say that Valve was the first manufacturer to think of creating this product format. On Kickstarter and other Indiegogo, Chinese creators like GPD have been fighting to create the perfect gaming laptop for years.
2023 should be this year Steam Deck will face its opponents. More globally, more widely, with names that are better known to the general public. It doesn’t have enough clout and structure to take on Valve without going against Ayaneo’s efforts to try to answer some of the problems on the Steam deck with Air. What are we really waiting for? Manufacturers such as Alienware and Asus ROG, which have already thought of similar concepts, are also entering the arena.
But it will require some changes. On the one hand, this can be hoped for Valve is introducing SteamOS 3.0 this yearTo enable manufacturers to benefit from its software universe. On the other hand, Windows 11 also needs to adapt to this emerging ecosystem, perhaps by retooling the Xbox interface for its PCs. Anyway, AMD SoCs under RDNA 3 it will be all that is needed to develop this market. All that’s missing are gamers willing to rub shoulders with Valve and its gas plant, even if others prefer to bet on an already well-established platform…
5 years agothe general public discovered ray tracing through the first Nvidia RTX cards. 3 years agomore consumers have opened their eyes to this technology by using it on the latest video game consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series X. What about in 2023?
This year, it will be mobile phones’ turn to take advantage of this new technology. Qualcomm has already announced its plan, introducing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which will be equipped with a new GPU capable of hardware acceleration for ray tracing tasks. Its more affordable competitor MediaTek has also promised the same by introducing its latest Dimensity 9200will benefit from it ARM Immortalis G715 graphics processor.
The proof of this is that video games are always more serious for mobile devices, and it continues to receive more and more beautiful and attractive titles. Genshin effect, Fortnite, brawlhalla or Tower of Fate, whose philosophy is to be cross-platform. Fully cross platform. Common mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android are supported as well as PlayStation / Xbox consoles or PCs. Barriers between platforms have definitely been reduced 2022 between Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, and this move benefits smartphones and tablets. Not counting this cloud game gave birth to players without borders.
was also observed on hardware. Like Valve and its Steam deckRazer has entered the mobile market, previously dominated by low-end Chinese gaming platform players. crowdfunding to legitimize a new product category: Android consoles. The Razer Edge, which will be available in the US in the first quarter of 2023, is betting on combining mobile gaming and gaming. remote play and cloud game in one and the same product. A bet already made on a smaller scale Actors like Retroid, AYN or GPD, and who paid to create a niche sector. 2023 could be the year the public discovers these new consoles en masse.
Meta versus Apple, the real arrival of VR?
In late 2021, Facebook Inc became Meta. Mark Zuckerberg has publicly confirmed his vision of the future of the Network, whose main principles will be fully integrated into virtual reality, and his ambition to become its big boss. But in 2022, after a questionable quality Facebook creator avatar and his soft launch of Horizon Worlds, we have to admit that there is no more trust. The company is losing money on this project, which it did not earn at all, and the trust that Oculus was able to gain among its niche users is likely to decrease.
But 2023 is a new year. And undeniably, the VR product that has captivated the general public the most today is none other than the Oculus Quest 2. Meta Quest should show its nose at the end of 3 years and give Meta time. really develop your own vision before persuading by example and usage. We already know that the next helmet will naturally be more powerful, but the main interest will be to see if the manufacturer will use its gloves for VR.
In the professional sector, it is true, here again Meta has to convince. The launch of the Meta Quest Pro headset didn’t really shake up the market, but it might as well. test product to convince Let entrepreneurs create deeper experiences on their platform. However, this spot can be stolen by a player who has more influence on the equipment…
Because yes, a priori, we are there. After days, months, and even years of rumors surrounding Apple’s mixed reality headset, it looks like 2023 is the year we’ll finally get to enjoy it. The latest leaks surrounding it are truly significant, promising a positive evolution of research and development surrounding the product. Because here’s the problem: there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this product over the years, but the image they’ve painted is more of a product lost in its ambitions.
This would no longer be the case. This year, we’re talking more about mixed reality headsets that highlight Apple’s know-how and penchant for weirdness. For example, he could automatically adjusts the lens distance will optimize the user’s comfort, but also compel him connect to the battery that should be attached to your belt. That’s why Apple makes Apple.
2023 is a good year for the release of VR / AR headsets from the Cupertino company. Since the 12 Pro and Pro Max, the integration of LIDAR into iPad Pros and iPhones has garnered tons of augmented reality experiences. It also doesn’t take into account that the VR/AR market now needs a technological duel to evolve. The meta needs a strong opponent like him. And Apple only enters the market when it is technically matureit is now.
Energy consumption before energy
Consumer expectations hardware It has developed slightly during 2022 and this trend should be more pronounced in 2023. Which one? Prioritizing reduced power consumption over extreme power surges.
It must be said that the era when the laptop was the center of use is behind us: the smartphone is king, and naturally highlighted ARM chips and their ability to carry high performance/Watt ratio colors. It wasn’t effortless, as Qualcomm and its Snapdragons have long struggled to prove the value of low-power chips, even for Windows PCs. Unfortunately, as is often the case, Apple had to compete with the M1 and M2 to keep the general public aware of the trend.
Today, there is controversy in all categories of devices. The latest example was seen during the announcement of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090: although its capabilities delighted the audience, the power consumption of up to 450 W undeniably raised many eyebrows.
But most notable was the response of rival AMD, which hastened to move into this marketing segment to introduce the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and XT. One of its biggest arguments has indeed been its consumption, which remains at a maximum of 355 W and is optimized for medium tasks. CES 2023 barely launched, Nvidia presented the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, formerly known as the GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB, its message has also evolved: it emphasizes the fact of finding now. performance equal to RTX 3090 Ti for less consumption.
After component recycling, the 2023 green and environmental movement in technology seems to be interested in reducing the consumption of devices. It’s far from a bad thing to consider those periods of sobriety. But rather than being implemented, it seems that they are wanted by a good consumer who claims to find here. an ethically acceptable balance between power and consumption. Therefore, we can bet that in 2023, manufacturers will respond very quickly with new products that emphasize this philosophy.