For CES 2022, Alienware is showcasing its Concept Nyx, which envisions a future where loading and playing games on a variety of screens can happen as instantly as streaming music and TV shows. The idea is simple at first glance (although undoubtedly complex under the veil): thanks to Nyx software, all of your PC games would be available to be streamed wirelessly to a variety of screens at home, regardless of the location. where you bought them.
Imagine that you are playing Cyberpunk 2077 on your PC screen, but you want to sit on the living room sofa and play on a large TV. The idea is that you could press a button in an app, and the game would swap screens wirelessly, allowing you to monopolize the TV all to yourself or slide your game alongside another in split view mode. . Alienware strives to make it possible to release up to four games at a time. Alienware demonstrated Nyx at The edge with reused Concept UFO controllers that we last saw at CES 2020 attached to a Switch-type tablet.
In the conceptual phase, Nyx requires a machine powerful enough to run multiple games at once, with network capabilities to handle low latency stream delivery. It’s unclear if Alienware intends to release its own hardware, when it might be, how much it might cost, and if what Nyx aims to do will be a paid service. There are clearly a lot of questions Alienware needs to answer.
But compared to Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, Concept Nyx seems designed to make your previously owned PC games easier to access and play, with a similar level of device compatibility and, perhaps, less compromise in quality. visual. In a way, it’s remarkably similar to what Valve already does with its Remote Play Anywhere feature – free, to start. However, where Nyx intends to differentiate itself is by handling more streams at once and pulling games from multiple platforms.
It was encouraging that Alienware was able to successfully run the Nyx demo for us, going from display to display in just seconds between screen-to-screen swings. But we’ll have to try it at home and not in a controlled environment to see if it’s ready for the real world.