CES 2022: Alienware Brings Game Streaming Home
Alienware has unveiled a new edge computing concept for home gaming, which it says will allow seamless switching between devices and simultaneous game streaming across a household without bandwidth-intensive cloud gaming.
Dubbed “Concept Nyx”, the platform would see high-performance gaming data processed within the home and shared across the local network. According to Glen Robson, CTO, Client Solutions Group, Dell Technologies, it would allow users to draw from a central library of games accessible via an app on each device, with lower latency, greater bandwidth, and more responsiveness than remotely-hosted cloud gaming.
“Imagine you’re on your desktop in your 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 cell phone.
“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 take over exactly where you left off, advancing your game while you cook,” he said.
Robson says that Concept Nyx has appeal beyond Alienware’s high-end PC customers and into a broader gaming market.
“We’re especially excited about this concept because of its uniqueness as an idea and its potential for the gaming industry at large: we could imagine this appealing to not only casual gamers, but the ok-I’ll-have-a-go gamers, next generation gamers – the whole family,” he said.
Alienware plans to use the Concept Nyx development process to improve new products and user experience as it continues.