Nvidia‘s 2021 has been a year of extremes. To one extreme, Nvidia’s year had been incredibly successful, with GPUs sold out across the world. To the other extreme, the lack of availability of new GPUs and rising prices due to scalping and cryptocurrency mining has led PC gaming enthusiasts to decry Nvidia. Nvidia’s now announced Wednesday morning that it’s planning a Special Broadcast Event for next month at CES 2022, but many question whether anything will change going into 2022.
In a short message shared via the official Nvidia GeForce Twitter account, Nvidia announced that the Special Broadcast event will air on January 4 at 8:00 AM PT. The message continues, saying that the event will include some “exciting news” targeted toward the “world of gaming.” A webpage set up for the broadcast explains that Nvidia will be sharing its “latest breakthroughs in accelerated computing.” Topics of focus will include design, simulation, gaming, and autonomous vehicles.
Regarding Nvidia’s gaming focus for the event specifically, the Nvidia Special Event webpage focuses on three subjects: GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards, GeForce RTX 30 Series laptops, and Nvidia DLSS. The insinuation is that Nvidia will discuss new technological advancements in these areas, or otherwise announce new projects in these lines. No specific announcements have been teased as of yet, however.
While official teases or product reveals have yet to be made by Nvidia, leaks have spoiled some of the surprises Nvidia is likely to make on January 4. The largest of which is the announcement of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, potentially its most powerful and expensive card in the 30 Series lineup. Other 30 Series graphics cards, including the 3080, 3070 Ti, and 3060 are also rumored to get performance-improving refreshes in 2022. As for laptops, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPU is rumored to be planned.
Comments responding to the announcement of Nvidia’s planned event are filled with the same criticism that Nvidia has received since the global pandemic began. Criticism of Nvidia revolves around not just a lack of stock, but Nvidia’s handling of its stock shortage. The lack of an official letter or queue for cards is particularly frustrating, especially given Nvidia’s partnership with Best Buy hasn’t stymied scalper purchases in any way.
With that in mind, Nvidia’s planned CES 2022 keynote event, what it calls its Special Broadcast Event, is already certain to receive a mixed reaction. Fans are likely to both be excited for more powerful GPUs, and frustrated in the knowledge that these cards will also remain all but inaccessible to the broader PC gaming enthusiast community. Tune in January 4 at 8:00 AM PT via Nvidia‘s broadcast feeds on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, or Twitter for more information.