The three hardware trends that will make 2023

2022 is finally far behind us. Year aside hardware It wasn’t, however, the biggest hit in the world since that time 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 announcementsin innovative products or that will mark the implementation of promises given in previous years.

Finally, is it still possible at least? For some people, the device is down. Big trends have already paid off, when the promises kept have finally failed to live up to expectations. We can think about 5G, which ultimately didn’t have much of an impact on our daily lives, or virtual reality that remained warm despite the stars in the eyes of its ardent patrons. Some are even in the process of doing so solve some cases in court which have every possibility to continue in 2023.

Instead of being defeatist, let’s be optimistic: here are three hardware trends you absolutely need to follow This year.

Free consoles get the games

There was a switch before and after. Nintendo’s latest console has proven the general public’s interest in a powerful mobile video gaming devicewhich has the main advantage of being placed in the center of the uses. Cell phone? Check. Table? Check. TV? Check. This demonstration did not leave anyone indifferent, as evidenced by the commercial success of the product, and since 2017 it has influenced the creation of extensive competition.

And if there’s one memorable high-tech product in the tech market in 2022, it’s the Steam Deck. Valve’s first handheld console has known how to please its players, but above all to convince the observers of this this “portable PC in console format” market existed beyond Shenzhen workshops. Because, yes, historically, we can’t say that Valve was the first manufacturer to think of creating this product format. On Kickstarter and other Indiegogos, Chinese creators like GPD have struggled for years to create the perfect gaming laptop.

© Valve

2023 should be the year Steam Deck will meet its rivals. In a more global, wider way, with names more familiar to the general public. Without going against it the efforts of an Ayaneo who tried, with his Air, to answer some of the problems encountered in Steam Deck, he does not have enough reputation and structure to fight against Valve. What are we really waiting for? That manufacturers like Alienware, which had already thought of similar conceptsand Asus ROG are also entering the arena.

However, this will require some changes. On the one hand, we can hope that Valve is making its SteamOS 3.0 available this year, so that manufacturers can benefit from its software universe. On the other hand, perhaps Windows 11 should also adapt to this emerging new ecosystem, perhaps by retooling the Xbox interface for its PCs. At any value, AMD SoCs under RDNA 3 will have everything needed to grow this market. All that’s missing are players who want to rub shoulders with Valve and its gas plant, even if others prefer to bet on a platform that’s already well established…

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 enjoying it on the latest video game consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series X. And in 2023?

This year, it will be the turn of mobile phones to take advantage of this new technology. Qualcomm has already announced its plan introducing Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which will be equipped with a new GPU capable of hardware acceleration for ray tracing tasks. Its more accessible rival, MediaTek, has also made the same promise by introducing His latest Dimensity 9200which will benefit ARM Immortalis G715 GPU.

Chris PATRICK, SVP and GM of smartphones at Qualcomm. © Adrian BRANCO / 01net.com

Proof of this is that video games are always more serious for mobile, which continues to welcome more and more beautiful and attractive titles, such as The influence of Genshin, Fortnite, brawlhalla or Tower of Fate, which the philosophy is to be cross-platform. Absolutely cross-platform. Common mobile OSes like iOS and Android are supported as well as PlayStation / Xbox consoles or PC. The barriers between platforms have definitely fallen between Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony in 2022, and this move benefits smartphones and tablets. This is not counting cloud games which gave birth to unlimited players.

Razer Edge

It was also observed in hardware. Like Valve and its Steam DeckRazer has arrived in a mobile market previously dominated by simple Chinese gaming platforms. crowdfunding to legitimize a new product category: Android consoles. Its Razer Edge, which will be available in the United States in the first quarter of 2023, I’m betting on the merger of mobile games, online games distance game AND cloud games in the same product. A bet already made on a smaller scale by actors like Retroid, AYN or GPD, and who paid to create a niche sector. 2023 could be the year the general public discovers these new consoles en masse.

Meta vs. Apple, the true coming of VR?

In late 2021, Facebook Inc became Meta. Mark Zuckerberg has clearly adopted his vision for the future of the Net, whose main principles would be fully integrated into virtual reality, and his ambition to be its own big boss. But in 2022, after a Facebook creator avatar of questionable quality AND a soft representation of her Horizon worldswe have to admit that the faith is no longer there. The company loses money it doesn’t earn least of all on this project, and the trust that Oculus had managed to gain from its user base is beginning to wane.

Oculus Quest 2 meta
© Meta

But 2023 is a new year. And it’s undeniable that today, the VR product that has wowed the general public the most is none other than the Oculus Quest 2. Meta Quest 3 should show the tip of the nose at the end of the year, giving Meta time to really develop her vision before convincing by example and practice. We already know that the next helmet will naturally be more powerful, but the main curiosity will be to see if the manufacturer will put its gloves on for VR.

meta avatar Mark Zuckerberg

In the professional sector, it is true that here too Meta must convince. The release of its Meta Quest Pro headset didn’t really shake up the market, but it can also be seen as a trial product to convince entrepreneurs to create deeper experiences on its platform. However, this spot can be stolen by a player with an often more significant influence on the hardware…

Because yes, a priori, we are there. After days, months and even years of rumors about Apple’s mixed reality headset, it looks like 2023 is finally the year we’ll get to enjoy it. The latest leaks about him are truly essential, guarantees for a positive evolution of research and development surrounding the product. Because that’s the problem: we had many rumors over the years about this productbut the image they painted was rather that of a product lost in its ambitions.

3D rendering of Apple's virtual reality headset, by Ian Zelbo.
© Ian Zelbo

This would no longer be the case. We’re talking this year more about a mixed reality headset, which will highlight Apple’s savvy as well as its penchant for the weird. For example, he would be able to automatically adjusts the distance of its lens to optimize the user’s comfort, but it would also force him connect to a battery that should be clipped to your belt. Apple, which makes Apple, that is.

The iPad Pro still has two rear camera modules, along with a lidar.
01net.com – Lionel Morillon – The iPad Pro always has two rear camera modules, accompanied by a lidar.

2023 is a good year for the release of a VR / AR headset from the Cupertino company. After all, it has accumulated thousands of augmented reality experiences through its LIDAR integration. on the iPad Pro and the iPhone, since the 12 Pro and Pro Max. It’s also without counting the fact that the VR/AR market now needs a technological duel to evolve. The meta needs a competitor as strong as him. AND Apple enters the market only when it is technically maturewhich is now the case.

Energy consumption before power

Customer expectations hardware have evolved somewhat during 2022, and this trend should be expressed more strongly in 2023. which one? That of favoring reduced energy consumption in the face of phenomenal energy growth.

It must be said that the time when the laptop was at the center of uses is behind us: smartphone is king, and naturally emphasized ARM chips and their ability to maintain high performance/Watt ratio colors. It was not without effort, after all Qualcomm and its Snapdragons have been struggling for a long time to prove the interest of low consumption chips, even for Windows computers. Unfortunately, it would be necessary, as all too often, thisApple enters the race with the M1 and M2 to make the general public aware of the trend.

Today, the debate has arisen for all categories of equipment. The last most convincing example was noted when the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 was announced : if its capabilities pleased the audience, it is undeniable that the power consumption of up to 450 W raised many eyebrows.

But more surprising was the response of its competitor AMD, which was quick to slide into this marketing segment for features Radeon RX 7900 XTX and XT. One of its biggest arguments has indeed been its consumption, which has remained at a maximum of 355 W and optimized for medium tasks. CES 2023 has barely launched, Nvidia unveiled the GeForce RTX 4070 Tiformerly known as GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB, whose message has also evolved: it now emphasizes the fact of finding performance equal to an RTX 3090 Ti for less consumption.

RDNA3 Radeon RX 7900XTX

After recycling components, the green and ecological movement of 2023 in technology seems to be interested in reducing the consumption of devices. Which is far from a bad thing considering those times of sobriety. But more than imposition, it seems that it is demanded here by a good group of consumers who claim to want to find an ethically acceptable balance between power and consumption. We can therefore bet that in 2023, manufacturers will respond very quickly with new products that highlight this philosophy.

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