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The growing excitement for the metaverse is powered by its incredible potential applications and the tremendous value they could create. But importantly, the technology enabling this seemingly magical innovation is still in development. What some overlook is that the biggest bottleneck today is not software or imagination — but rather the necessary upgrades to the metaverse’s foundational hardware infrastructure. This could create massive investment opportunities.
Asia is the tech supply chain of the world and builds many of the essential components that need to improve to realise this innovation. For instance, Asian companies provide nearly 70% of global semiconductor manufacturing1 and could benefit from this revolution for years to come. Though there are many ways to invest in the metaverse technology stack, we think hardware infrastructure (Figure 1) offers today’s most compelling investment potential.
Significant technological leaps need to be made to make the metaverse dream a reality. Here, we outline areas of required hardware infrastructure progress and highlight the potential Asia tech markets that could benefit:
The metaverse will likely create unimaginable experiences, innovative technologies and new digital economies with jobs (and even industries) that don’t yet exist. But what excites us most today is the massive hardware investment necessary to reach the progress the metaverse creates. Countless Asia tech companies will help power this technology and could be long-term winners.
1Source: Boston Consulting Group, April 2021.