Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

For CES 2022, Alienware shows off its Concept Nyx, which envisions a future when loading and playing games on different screens can happen as instantaneously as streaming music and TV shows. The idea is simple at first glance (though no doubt complex under the veil): through the Nyx software, all your PC games would be available to stream wirelessly to various screens at home, no matter where you bought them.

Imagine you are playing Cyberpunk 2077 on your PC screen, but you want to go to the couch in the living room and play on a big TV. The idea is that you could tap a button in an app, and the game would wirelessly swap displays so you could use the TV all to yourself or have your game squeezed next to another in split-view mode. Alienware is working on making it possible to stream up to four games at once. Alienware Demonstrated Nyx To The edge with repurposed Concept UFO controllers we last saw at CES 2020 attached to a Switch-esque tablet.

Alienware Concept Nyx

This is what the main hub looks like in Concept Nyx, although it may change as it develops into a product.
Photo by Cameron Faulkner / Best Fitness Bands

At the conceptual stage, Nyx needs a machine powerful enough to run multiple games at once, with network bites to handle the distribution of low-latency streams. It’s unclear if Alienware plans to release its own hardware, when that might be, how much it might cost, and whether what Nyx intends to do will be a paid service. There are clearly many questions that Alienware needs to answer.

Alienware Concept Nyx

While still in draft, Nyx worked as intended in our Cyberpunk 2077 and Rocket League joint session.
Photo by Cameron Faulkner / Best Fitness Bands

But compared to the likes of Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, Concept Nyx seems built to make accessing and playing PC games you already own even easier, with a similar level of device compatibility and perhaps fewer compromises in visual quality. . In a way, it’s remarkably similar to what Valve is already doing with its Remote Play Anywhere feature — free, to boot. Where Nyx wants to differentiate itself, however, is by processing more streams at once and bringing in games from multiple platforms.

Encouragingly, Alienware was able to successfully run the Nyx demo for us, switching between multiple screens with just a few seconds between the screen-to-screen transition. But we will have to try it at home and not in a controlled environment to see if it is ready for the real world.

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