DigiTimes writes competition in the gaming notebook market will be heating up in the second half of this year as several vendors are planning to mass produce new models for launch in Q4 2015. Sources in the supply chain told the site that Acer, ASUS, Dell and MSI are working on at least 10 new 15" to 17" models. Gaming laptops used to be a niche market but its double-digit growth rate amidst declining demand for traditional laptops is attracting vendors to dedicate more resources to the segment.
MSI, Asustek and Gigabyte Technology have all had long contact with gamers, especially MSI, which has already been operating in the gaming notebook market for a while and has achieved great performance in the market. Asustek has been looking to catch up with MSI and is considering establishing a team to specifically handle its gaming notebook R&D. Gigabyte established an independent brand Aorus in 2014 and is offering 13- to 17-inch gaming notebooks under the brand.
With Intel's release of Skylake processors, many gaming notebook vendors have already prepared to upgrade their products with the latest processors. Acer is planning to release the Predator notebook in the second half, Asustek will launch 5-6 gaming models and Gigabyte recently launched two Aorus series models.