For CES 2022, Alienware is flaunting its Concept Nyx, which envisions a future when stacking and messing around on an assortment of screens can occur as quickly as streaming music and TV shows. The thought is basic all over (however without a doubt complex under the cover): through the Nyx programming, all of your PC games would be accessible to stream remotely to an assortment of screens at home, paying little heed to where you got them.
Envision you’re playing Cyberpunk 2077 on your PC show, yet you need to move over to the lounge room love seat and play on a major TV. The thought is that you’d have the option to tap a button in an application, and the game would remotely trade shows, allowing you to hoard the TV all to yourself or have your game press close to one more in a split-view mode. Alienware is attempting to make it conceivable to stream up to four games immediately. Alienware demoed Nyx to The Verge with repurposed Concept UFO regulators that we last saw at CES 2020 appended to a Switch-like tablet.
In the conceptual phase, Nyx requires a machine that’s powerful enough to run multiple games at once, with networking chops to handle distributing low-latency streams. It’s unclear whether Alienware intends to release its own hardware, when that might be, how much it might cost, and whether what Nyx aims to do will be a paid service. There are clearly a lot of questions for which Alienware needs to provide answers.
But compared to the likes of Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, Concept Nyx seems built to make accessing and playing your already-owned PC games even easier, with a similar level of device compatibility and, perhaps, fewer compromises in terms of visual quality. In a way, it’s remarkably similar to what Valve is already doing with its Remote Play Anywhere feature — for free, to boot. Though, where Nyx intends to differentiate itself is with handling more streams at once and pulling in games from multiple platforms.
It was encouraging that Alienware was actually able to pull off the Nyx demo for us successfully, swapping between multiple displays with just a few seconds in between the pass-off from screen to screen. But we’ll need to try it at home and not in a controlled environment to see if it’s ready for the real world.
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