Alienware’s Concept Nyx Tears Up The Box In CES 2022

This CES 2022 prototype could turn your home into a private server.
(Credit: Alienware).

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It’s one of the most common and frustrating problems – having multiple gamers under one roof competing for access to their favourite titles and totally crushing Wi-Fi bandwidth. Then there’s the medium: if you’re playing on a PC and want to seamlessly switch to the TV, the very idea is a ridiculous fantasy.

Or is it???

Alienware is always thinking ahead to the future – near and far – and thinking about the ways to provide the best gaming experiences out there. Which is why Alienware is incredibly stoked about potentially solving one of the biggest challenges in PC gaming and changing the game completely: how to simultaneously allow players in a household to easily access their full game library and play on any device, even if they want to change screens during gameplay. A tall order, but Alienware is hurtling towards a solution – Concept Nyx.

An R&D project from Alienware’s consortium of wizards also known as the Experience Innovation Group (EIG), the Concept Nyx solution comes in the wake of other audacious Alienware initiatives that have broken boundaries and elevated the PC gaming experience: from creating Alienware’s thinnest gaming laptops to date with the Alienware X-Series to bold gaming ideas like Concept UFO. Now Alienware has done it again, literally breaking the mold of the PC gaming experience with an eye toward the future.

Play anywhere with Concept Nyx’s UFO Controller (Credit: Alienware).

Imagine being on the desktop in the bedroom exploring Night City in CyberPunk 2077. Your roommates are on their laptops and tablets in the living room, battling head-to-head in Rocket League. And your cousin is also over, casually building a new world in Minecraft on her smartphone. Now let’s say it’s time to prepare dinner so you head downstairs and pass the controller 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 takeover exactly where you left off, advancing your game while you cook.

That’s the future of gaming! And it’s starting to take shape today.

Alienware’s Concept Nyx up close (Credit: Alienware).

How would it be done? Concept Nyx spotlights the role edge computing could play – where high performance game processing could be done in the home and shared across the local network. Because the processing happens locally (versus needing to travel to and from distant servers), it could offer lower latency, greater bandwidth and more responsiveness – ultimately solving some of the performance shortfalls of current alternatives like cloud gaming. This means multiplayer latency could reach single-digit milliseconds to dramatically decrease any lag of modern-day cloud gaming systems. 

It doesn’t stop there either. Alienware has been looking at how to power four game streams simultaneously, smart switching among devices, and drawing from a central library of all your games regardless of where you purchase them. Gaming on Concept Nyx aims to be as effortless as accessing your favourite music, TV shows and movies. Imagine a simple app loaded on each device delivering instant access to all your games for a more seamless gaming experience across devices in the home. Imagine no more fighting with family members or roommates over game time – tearing down the barricades so that everyone can game on their own terms.

Alienware loves a challenge and is founded on one – to create a new market for high-end gaming PCs back when none existed. Alienware is especially excited about this concept because of its uniqueness as an idea and its potential for the gaming industry at large. This would appeal to not only casual gamers, but the ok-I’ll-have-a-go gamers, next generation gamers – the whole family. Given its sci-fi bona fides, Alienware is thrilled to boldly go where no brand has gone before. As Concept Nyx further develops, Alienware aims to use each step forward to benefit future products and enhance the user experience. 

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