While it looks like a lot of companies have spent the last couple of years building cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now, at CES 2022 Alienware unveiled a new concept that brings things a little closer to home. self.
The Alienware Nyx Project, if it ever comes out (big if), will essentially be a game server that you can use to play games remotely on any device in your home. The main reason for this is that because all the processing is done on a centralized device in your home, it would reduce the latency that affects cloud gaming platforms.
It’s an incredibly cool concept, and I even got to see it in action in New York City, but because it’s so early in development and might never be released, it’s probably best not to hope for this thing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it a bit.
We’re talking about serious computing power here
One of the use cases Alienware came up with for Concept Nyx is for everyone to play different games around the house on different devices, with the ability to pause a game and instantly pick it up in another room, and we’re not exactly talking about lightweight titles here.
Cyberpunk 2077 was used to show me this concept, and while you may love it or hate it, this game isn’t exactly easy on system resources. If you want to have a centralized server that can run a game like Cyberpunk and still have enough juice left over to run two or three other games simultaneously, you will need some incredibly powerful hardware.
Now, it’s pretty clear when you see it in person. It’s a giant black obelisk with RGB lighting around it – because of course it has RGB – and it looks like it weighs 60 pounds. at least. Alienware obviously wasn’t telling us what hardware it contained, but just taking a look, there’s nothing wrong with it.
The big problem with this would of course be the cost. One of the great things about a service like Google Stadia is that you pay a monthly fee and have access to constantly updated hardware that can cost thousands of dollars up front, especially nowadays.
Concept Nyx’s power level would likely mean an extremely high price tag – likely over $ 10,000. Of course, this is only a concept and there is no official price tag, but there is no way something like this could be cheap.
But it’s super cool
So yeah, it’s probably not super convenient, but that’s what these concepts are for, right? Trying to see where PC gaming will be in the future, even if the finished product looks completely different – if it ever does (looking at you Concept UFO).
When Alienware showed me this thing, I continued to gravitate towards the giant box with all the components in it and I want nothing more than to open it up and see how it works. I wasn’t allowed to, of course, but the idea of having such powerful hardware in your house, so that you have a centralized gaming PC that your whole family can use at the same time is a good idea, c ‘is on.
And it’s not as if it would be without benefit. Since all processing is done at your place, you wouldn’t depend on Google, Nvidia, or Microsoft to play your games (at least if they’re not just online). Instead, you could have a centralized library at home and have instant, uninterrupted access to it.
This would be, in essence, the same as a home Plex server but for gaming. The only reason this hasn’t happened before is because of the incredible amount of power it would require. But it looks like Dell and Alienware have found a way around this.
Still, it will all depend on whether or not this thing hits the market. I’m not holding my breath, but I would absolutely love to give it a go.