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Alienware has created a concept game server to support PC game streaming at CES 2022

While it seems many companies have spent the last two 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. .

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 reason for this is that since all the processing is done on a centralized device in your home, this would reduce the latency that plagues cloud gaming platforms.

It’s an incredibly cool concept, and I even got to see it in action in New York, but because it’s so early in development and may never be released, it’s probably best not to get your hopes up. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk a bit about it.

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We’re talking some serious computing power here

One of the use cases Alienware pioneered for Concept Nyx is for everyone to play different games all over the house on different devices, with the ability to pause a game and resume it in another room instantly, and we’re not exactly talking lightweight titles here.

Cyberpunk 2077 was used to show me this concept, and while you can love it or hate it, this game isn’t exactly easy on system resources. If you’re going to have a centralized server that can run a game like Cyberpunk and still have enough juice to run two or three other games simultaneously, you’re going to need incredibly powerful hardware.

Now, that’s pretty clear when you see it in person. It’s a giant black obelisk with RGB lighting emitting around it – because of course it has RGB – and it looks like it weighs a good 60 lbs at least. Alienware obviously didn’t tell us what hardware was in there, but just by taking a look at it, there’s nothing to shake.

The big issue with this would of course be the cost. One of the benefits of 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 upfront, especially these days.

Concept Nyx’s power level would likely mean an extremely high price tag – likely over $10,000. Of course, it’s just a concept and there’s no official price tag, but there’s no way something like this is cheap.

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But it’s super cool

So yeah, it’s probably not super convenient, but that’s what it’s all about, 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 kept gravitating towards the giant box containing all the components 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 home, so you have a centralized gaming PC that your whole family can use at the same time, is a neat idea.

And it’s not like it would be without benefit. Since all the processing is done in-house, you wouldn’t be depending on Google, Nvidia, or Microsoft to play your games (at least if they’re not online-only). Instead, you could have a centralized home library and have instant, uninterrupted access to it.

It would be, in essence, the same as a home Plex server, but for gaming. The only reason this hasn’t happened before is 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 comes to market. I’m not holding my breath, but I would absolutely love to get into it.