Alienware’s Cloudless Game Streaming Concept Brings the Past to the Future – Review Geek

Concept Nyx controller that looks like a Nintendo Switch controller.

Alienware kicks off CES 2022 with Concept Nyx, a cloud gaming prototype that has nothing to do with the cloud. Truly, it is a local streaming tool that sends up to four games from your PC to other devices in your home. While I think the branding behind Concept Nyx is a bit misleading, I also think it’s something we should pursue until cloud gaming reaches maturity.

Technically, Concept Nyx is a very old idea. Sony’s Remote Play feature, launched in 2006, streams PlayStation games to all kinds of devices, including tablets and laptops. And Concept Nyx is pretty much identical to Steam’s Remote Play tool – they both send games from your PC to other products in your home.

But “cloudless game streaming” tools like Steam or Sony Remote Play are really not that popular or well known. And that’s a shame, because for many people, these tools are better and more reliable than Stadia or others genuine cloud games services.

The Alienware PC running Concept Nyx local streaming software.

I know many people highlight Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming as inexpensive alternatives to expensive gaming hardware, but for the average gamer, these services are too expensive to configure and maintain. They require a fast internet connection, which can be much expensive, plus monthly service fees. Oh, and if you’re a tortured Xfinity customer (as I am), cloud games will blow right through your data line.

Buying a $ 500 console or $ 1,000 gaming PC is not exactly “cost effective”, I’m well aware of that. But most players owns something there playing games. Manufacturers need to develop software like Concept Nyx to take advantage of the hardware that players already own, at least until cloud gaming becomes what it promises to be.

Alienware says the ideas behind Concept Nyx will find its way into future products, which makes sense. Local game streaming is the only way Alienware and other non-Microsoft large companies can participate in the cloud gaming market. And again, these cloudless streaming games could help gamers enjoy the benefits of cloud gaming without falling under a mountain of monthly fees.

Source: Alienware

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