The global gaming industry is growing at a fast pace, with the industry hitting over $150 billion in 2020. With many gamers worldwide, this industry is not expected to take a hit over the coming years and in fact is predicted to grow.
Many gamers opt to play their games via different devices, with more casual gamers opting for a mobile or handheld device and more hardcore gamers purchasing gaming hardware such as PC’s or laptops.
2021 is going to bring a wave of brilliant new and updated gaming technology for PC gamers. While consoles will always have a place in their hearts, a PC gamer is looking for something a little bit different.
One of the biggest joys with PC and laptop gaming is that you can upgrade hardware to increase your gaming capacity. Or you can invest in the newest technology.
With the world of gaming growing and more gaming devices set to be released, we have chosen our top two for gamers to look out for this year.
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE
While there is a joy in having a gaming laptop that looks like a gaming laptop if you use your laptop for other things, you might enjoy a sleeker look.
The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is a gamer on the inside and a business person outside. In general, the Predator line has been wearing its heart on its sleeve and looks like a gaming machine; the makeover adds a new twist.
One of the main benefits of this gaming laptop is that gamers can travel and game on the go with this device. The device is easily portable and has an average battery life of 10 hours, perfect for gamers who often travel.
- 14-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 300 nits brightness.
- Dimensions: 323 x 228 x 17.9mm / Weight: 1.7kgs.
- Ports: 2x USB-A, 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI. 3.5mm headphone jack DTS X: Ultra Audio.
- 11th Gen Intel Core-i7 H35-series processor.
- Up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM
- Storage of up to 1TB
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU
- Speeds of up to 5GHz
- Fingerprint sensor.
You can expect to pay over £1000/$1,900 for this machine and play most games at 1080p.
Acer Predator Triton 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6" Full HD IPS 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 1TB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, RGB Backlit KB, PT315-52-78W1
1 used from $1,399.00
Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
Who wants one screen when you can have two? Well, that is what you get with this laptop. The duo screen has multiple uses, not just go gaming.
For example, you can increase your workload capabilities with the duo screen. Streamers can use it as a deck, or you can just keep your social streams ticking over while working.
Asus has gone all out on making this laptop one that breaks the rules and gives gamers all of the extra tech to play with.
- 15.6″ 4K (3840 x 2160) AUO B156ZAN05.1, 120Hz refresh rate, 100% Adobe RGB, Pantone Validated, FreeSync
- Dimensions: 360 x 268 x 20.9 mm / Weight 2.48kg
- Ports: 1xUSB 3.2 Gen2, 3xUSB 3.2 Gen2, 1 x microSD card reader, 1 x 3.5mm combo jack
- 5th Gen 3.3 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX eight-core processor
- 32GB memory plus 2 x 1TB M.2 NVMe PCle SSD (RAID 0 Config)
- Nvidida GeFroce RTX 3080 Graphics Card
- Secondary screen is 14”
For this bad boy, you can expect to pay £3000+.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 300Hz IPS Type FHD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070S, Intel Core i7-10875H, 32GB DDR4, 2TB RAID 0 SSD, Per-Key RGB, Thunderbolt 3, Windows 10, GX550LWS-XS79
The rise of online video gaming
The video games market is growing at a healthy pace with the demand for more video games and accessibility of games being at an all-time high. The main contributor to this market growth is players seeking games that they can play at their own convenience. With this demand we have seen a rise in the number of mobile phone games as well as new transportable devices entering the market like the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE.
The smartphone gaming revenue in 2020 made up over 60% of the total global gaming revenue showing that this device holds the largest market share. More people are opting to play games via mobile as they can play their games at their own convenience, which may be sat at home or whilst on-the-go. There are a variety of different gaming genres popular on mobile devices, such as puzzles, strategy games and sports games. Whereas we see different gaming genres such as high graphics, multiplayer battle games be more popular on PC devices.
Online casinos are a popular gaming industry played on both mobile devices and laptops with both devices having their benefits. The online casino industry has seen a huge growth rate over the last few years especially in the US due to legalisations changes and many more states legalising the use of online casinos, we can expect to see this industry grow further in the west. Players of online casinos may opt to play via a mobile device due to the convenience and ease of accessibility of playing a quick game like online slots on the go. Gambling providers have ensured that they use the best software to give players the best mobile casino experience. Laptops are popular for casino tournament games, which are played for long periods of times, for example poker, a more intense casino game. Laptops and PC’s are also more popular for live casinos, with the devices being more interactive and engaging than a mobile device which is commonly used for a fast gaming option.
Laptop gaming devices still remain popular amongst the hardcore gamers. While some state that the price is a little on the expensive side, others believe gaming laptops are a great investment as the laptop can be used for other things besides gaming. Not only this, predictions for future technology advancements have shown the increase of cloud gaming over the next few years. Cloud gaming is a process where games are streamed online via the internet and played via a PC or gaming laptop, which shows we could see more gaming laptops enter the market over the next year.