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NVIDIA: RTX laptops will top Xbox Series X and PS5 as most popular 'game console'

NVIDIA RTX 2060
NVIDIA RTX 2060 (Image credit: NVIDIA)

What you need to know

  • The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are next-generation consoles launching in Holiday 2020.
  • NVIDIA says that its RTX line of laptops will be more popular.
  • It's unclear if this will actually be the case because of a number of factors.
  • Many individuals or businesses may buy RTX notebooks but not use them to play games.

The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 (PS5) are launching towards the end of the year, and it's no secret that they have AMD processors in them. It seems like NVIDIA believes that its line of RTX notebooks that feature advanced graphical options like ray tracking will be the "largest game console."

In a recent earnings call, NVIDIA boss Jensen Huang said the following. TechRadar discussed the quote in great detail.

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. 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. And it's one of the reasons why we're seeing such great success in notebook.

It seems like Huang is talking about popularity here, but only time will tell if RTX notebooks have more users than the Xbox Series X or PS5. With a rumored 4K Nintendo Switch coming sometime in 2021 or later, the competition for RTX notebooks will be fierce.

It'll also be interesting to see the usage statistics because many people may buy RTX laptops, but they may not use the advanced graphical features or play games on them.

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10 Comments
  • No way. an RTX laptop will cost 6-8x the cost of a console and consoles already have well-established markets and adoption. If anything, the next-gen consoles will help PC gaming but laptop gaming? no way... The cost of entry is too damn high for the experience.
  • We have no idea the price of these new consoles, so we can't say this with such matter of fact. Also, aren't these laptops starting around $1700? If that's the case even if the new units are the low price of $500 this is only 4 times the cost.
  • Apples/oranges... The RTX laptop is still orders of magnitudes more expensive... "Starting at" 1700 bucks is still 1,200 bucks more expensive than the estimated price of a console. The baseline RTX laptop specced out to compete against next-gen consoles will cost the 6-8x.... I just can't see the value of paying 1500-$1700 for a 1080p rtx laptop... The "full blown rtx 2080s" laptops that can compete with next gen consoles cost upwards of 3,999 bucks! I can build a 1080p gaming rig faster than the laptops for about the same price as the estimated street value of 4k+ consoles. If anything, Nvidia is going to butcher its RTX brand by using the same version numbers on laptops and desktop cards that can have upwards of 20-30% performance variations... we *ALL* know laptops will be throttled but this entire thing is absurd and just ads confusion where there should be none. 1500 is too much to pay for 1080p gaming and its a sin those laptop displays are *STILL* 1080p in 2020!!!
  • Nope. XBSX and PS5 will both go for under $600 (I expect XBXS to go for $599 at launch and PS5 to go for $650, and that is without the promos that will inevitably occur over the 2020 Holidays.) RTX Laptops retail for over $1500, minimum (unless NVidia is planning on a MASSIVE price reduction to their OEMs, which I highly doubt.) It's just too expensive to engineer that kind of heat-budget in an attractive and usable laptop. Just look at the ones available now, with up to TWO external P/S due to the power draw of the GPU and their memory (admittedly that's for RTX2080 chips)
    Now, I know NVidia is planning on a large reduction in power budget with their new sub-14nm silicon spin of Turing, and rumors of huge power reductions in the upcoming 7nm Ampere chips, but still. There is only so much you can do with the current chips, the smallest of which is the RTX2060.
    But, hey, maybe NVidia will surprise us. They do have the upcoming AMD Ryzen Mobile chips to worry about, and even Intel is making noise again in the GPU market, so, anything might happen (and NVidia is very, VERY worried about both xCloud and Stadia cutting into their market-share as neither one use NVidia GPUs.) However, If I can get a decent RTX-equipped laptop for under $1000 by next Holiday, I will be VERY surprised.
  • Price is still a major hurdle for most people and parents aren't going to buy their kids an RTX powered laptop for Christmas, they are going to buy them a PS5 or a Series X.
  • LOL what are they smoking?
  • Aha hahahahaha ha. That is all.
  • While I'm quite happy with my RTX laptop, it wasn't cheap. I like my Nvidia GPUs just fine, but I don't buy this and I'm even in #PCMR.
  • LOL, NO These Laptops cost above 1500$ while next gen consoles are going to cost 400$ or 500$. I want the think this guy is smoking.
  • Those 1500 dollar versions are still 1080p machines... why in 2020 are they selling brand new laptops with 1080p resolutions??? The 2080 versions that can compete with 4-500 dollar consoles cost upwards of 4 grand!