Nvidia Believes Gaming Laptops Will Go Toe-To-Toe With Next-Gen Consoles

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By now we know that the upcoming next-gen consoles are going to be powered with AMD chipsets and they will also be quite powerful compared to current-gen consoles. One of the major competitors to consoles is, of course, desktop gaming PCs, but Nvidia has recently stated that gaming laptops are going to become the "new game console" in its own way.

The bold statement was made by none other than the CEO of Nvidia himself, Jensen Huang, in a recent conference call with investors. "Our notebook business ... has seen double-digit growth for eight consecutive quarters, and this is unquestionably a new gaming category. Like it's a new game console," Huang said on the call. "This is going to be the largest game console in the world I believe. And the reason for that is because there are more people with laptops than there are of any other device."

"The fact that we've been able to get RTX into a thin and light notebook is really a breakthrough," Huang added. "And it's one of the reasons why we're seeing such great success in notebook."

What has taken gaming laptops so far is the introduction of the Max-Q GPUs. Even though the Max-Q GPUs aren't as powerful as their desktop counterparts, they do allow manufacturers to design thinner and lighter notebooks. A great example is MSI's G65 Stealth Thin, which is considered as one of the best laptops available today. The laptop is just 0.69 inches thick and weighs just over four pounds. Similarly, Acer's Triton 500 is powered by GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU and is only 0.7 inches thick and weighs just 4.41 pounds.

If you're wondering how this even makes a difference to someone that primarily uses a laptop for gaming, according to IDC, the shipment of gaming laptops has grown over 13 percent just in the second quarter of 2019. IDC has also predicted that gaming notebook shipment throughout 2020 is going to be somewhere around 19.4 million.

PCGamesN reported that over the past six years 104 million PS4s were sold, averaging 18 million units per year.

Nothing can be said of this giant prediction as of now, as next-gen consoles are going to be dropping this year. On paper the next-gen console specs look quite impressive, but we'll have to wait and see if those statements hold true with real-world gaming.

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