I am a domotics enthusiast and I use some ESP8266 chips for various uses, mostly with HomeAssistant on my RPi. I recently bought some Zigbee devices and the benefits seem very interesting for IoT compared to WiFi.
However, it seems that Zigbee will be replaced by the unified protocol "Matter" that should arrive this year's fall (source).
For instance, I have a Zigbee2MQTT dongle and I was tempted to buy some CC2530 ZigBee chips but I understood they will not be directly compatible with Matter. Obviously, ESP8266 will not either.
However, I could not find anything related to actual products that will rely on Matter
Is this technology worth investigating for hobbyists like me?
If yes, is there a chip that could be used like an ESP?
(If not, would ZigBee be worth it or should I stick to WiFi for now?
TW: opinion-based subquestion)