Alienware’s Concept Nyx is like a Plex server for your PC games


What if you could start playing Halo Infinite on your TV, continue mowing grunts during a bathroom break, and end your session on a laptop when you should be working? That’s the basic idea behind Alienware’s Concept Nyx, a server powerful enough to run all your games over your home network. Think of it like Plex for gaming, but instead of accessing your video library, it’s all about bringing your games to all your devices.

Gallery: Alienware Concept Nyx | 9 photos Gallery: Alienware Concept Nyx | 9 photos

Given the pressure to stream games from Google Stadia and Xbox, Alienware may have come across an interesting solution for the multi-player home. It’s conceivable that you can run two games at once on your television, as we saw during a recent demo in NYC. Or you can play Cyberpunk while someone else perfects their Rocket League skills on another device. Since all rendering and network processing takes place in your home, Nyx would also provide a lower latency experience than traditional cloud gaming, which relies on servers hundreds of miles away.

Concept is the key word here though. Alienware representatives declined to tell us what powers the mysterious Nyx server, which looked like a massive gaming desktop. And while Cherlynn Low of Engadget and I could play Cyberpunk 2077 and Rocket League simultaneously on one TV, the games ran in small windows. It didn’t come close to the sleek half-screen experience Dell shows in promotional photos.

Like Alienware’s Concept UFO, a Switch-esque portable gaming PC first demonstrated two years ago, Nyx may never see the light of day. But we could see elements of it in future products, much like the way the UFO controller is used, Nyx demonstrates. The game server concept could eventually simplify streaming from your rig. That’s something we can already do with Steam’s Remote Play feature, but maybe Dell can make it a little easier to play all your titles around your house. The company also says it’s looking into ways to play four games at once, as well as methods to collect all of your titles, regardless of where you’ve installed them.

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