Alienware’s Concept Nyx is the gaming setup of our dreams


Alienware Concept Nyx

Photo: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

It’s a nightmare scenario for gamers, and one that happens all too often. You come home from work ready to relax, and a roommate, spouse, or sibling monopolizes your desktop or gaming laptop. Or, in an equally stressful scenario, someone crams all of your stuff. Squid game on whatever monitor or TV you use to take down Spartan (or whatever) noobs.

If only your games weren’t connected to a specific device and that device wasn’t connected to a single display. Alienware thinks it has a solution, but let me start by saying it’s not a solution you’ll be enjoying anytime soon.

Announced in preparation for CES 2022, the company’s Concept Nyx is a vision for the future in which a single game streaming server in your home is able to stream multiple instances simultaneously from a central game library. . Everything is pretty conceptual at its current stage, so let me walk you through some of it.

See the giant box above? It’s the server, if you will, a gaming system that, in Alienware’s ideal world, could run four games simultaneously and stream them over wifi to an app accessible on any of your devices, which it could use. be it a tablet, phone, desktop, TV or laptop. You can then instantly switch from reading on your tablet to your TV when your roommate finishes watching the last episode.

The goal is to make accessing games as easy as streaming movies or TV shows, except having to switch between a dozen different services. Alienware says this app will host all of your games, regardless of where you bought them.

Here’s how Alienware envisions Concept Nyx:

“Imagine you’re on your desk in your bedroom exploring Night City in Cyberpunk 2077. Your roommates are on their laptops and tablets in the living room, battling one-on-one in Rocket League. And your cousin is also done, casually building a new world in Minecraft on her cell phone. Now let’s say it’s time to cook dinner, so you go downstairs and pass the controller over to one of your roommates – you can quickly switch to your CyberPunk 2077 experience on the 65 inch TV in the living room and let them pick up right there. where you left off, advancing your game while you cook.

You might be wondering how this differs from current cloud gaming solutions, like Nvidia’s GeForce Now or Google Stadia. The key here is edge computing, so a high-performance gaming system could process everything locally (instead of moving to a remote server), allowing for lower latency and higher bandwidth.

It all sounds like a dream scenario to gamers, and unfortunately, right now, it is exactly that: a dream. There are some sizeable technological hurdles to overcome, not to mention potential compatibility issues – oh, and that chip shortage issue. We saw some of these difficulties firsthand in a slow demo of Nyx trying to stream Rocket league and Cyberpunk 2077 simultaneously (to be fair, it’s unclear what caused the technical issues, although poor wifi at these press event venues is usually the culprit).

Like the other concepts (Moon, Bet and others) that Dell / Alienware revealed this month, Nyx is in its early stages and Alienware hasn’t said anything concrete about pricing, scalability, or specifications. While there is no certainty that Nyx will ever hit the market, we can take comfort in knowing that mega-companies are sometimes tied to our pain and sometimes will try to do something about it.