The game monitor sales will fall 10% this year, and inflation is responsible

The game monitor sales will fall 10% this year, and inflation is responsible

TrendForce analysts predict a decline in the volume of game monitors delivered in 2022. This will happen for the first time since the start of monitoring this category of products.

Experts estimate that 20.5 million game monitors will be on the market this year, which is 10 per cent lower than last year's, and that the main reasons for the drop in supplies are the rise in inflation in Europe and the sharp rise in interest rates in the US, which have led to a drop in demand for consumer electronics.

Analysts suggest that the popularity of curved monitors will continue to grow in 2023. In 2021, 41% of total monitors were supplied by curved models. In 2022, they were expected to grow to 44% and in 2023 to 46%.

The most popular type of matrix used in monitors is called VA. Monitors account for 48% of the total supply to the market, followed by models based on the IPS matrix. This year, up to 43% of the supply will come from them. The share of TN-based monitors this year will be 9% of the total volume. Analysts have also noted an increase in demand for OLED-screened models. Their volume of supply should be 0.4%. In TrendForce, it is estimated that their share could increase fivefold, to 2% in the next year.

In 2023, the main driver of the growing demand for monitors will be the continued diversification of the market; in particular, the experts believe that game monitors can take the place of conventional consumer and office monitors, as models with a high frequency of screen renewal are starting to attract more customers than outdated models with a 75 Hz update frequency. In the bonus segment of monitors, there will be more choice among models of different sizes and support for different permits based on the latest technologies of the OLED, QD-OLD and Mini LED matrices.