Alienware’s Concept Nyx residence streaming field and its Concept Polaris exterior GPU field have me confused. These are each concepts of merchandise which have already existed for a few years, the truth is Alienware already had an exterior GPU field it shipped again in 2014, this simply appears to have a distinct design. Both it is me simply not getting it, or I am undecided Alienware understands the idea of idea designs.
But it surely’s a CES custom to point out off some new tech your designers have been engaged on of their spare time, tech that in all probability will not ever see the sunshine of day. Razer’s Project Valerie is at all times the one which involves my thoughts, partly as a result of the thought of getting two further fold-out screens hooked up to your laptop computer is apparent nuts, however principally as a result of the prototype of its triple display laptop computer vanished in a puff of logic when some light-fingered CES-goer wandered off with it. Alienware has at all times been one to convey the not-for-sale shinies to CES, too. Working example, the Concept UFO handheld gaming PC from just a few years in the past.
If the Steam Deck does what Valve says it’ll do to the hand held gaming PC ecosystem, I would not be shocked to see that one come out of mothballs and be unleashed to the general public. For a value.
These new CES 2022 ideas, nonetheless, simply go away me chilly. The Idea Polaris principally seems to be prefer it’s simply Alienware’s new eGPU caddy, utilizing the identical design notes as its Aurora PCs and trendy gaming laptops. I imply, it seems to be nice—all curvy and compact—however thematically not that totally different from different Thunderbolt-y eGPU packing containers we have seen through the years.
To me, that is a preview not a ‘idea’.
Requiring a pair of exterior AC adapters is kinda new although, I suppose. It means it can save you house inside as a result of you do not have an SFF PSU in there taking over invaluable house, and likewise means you may jam in tremendous highly effective GPUs, nevertheless it additionally means you then have two energy bricks to cope with.
However it’s nonetheless simply an exterior GPU field, and nothing significantly mind-blowing.
Then there’s Idea Nyx, which comes out blazing with the daring declare of smashing “space-time boundaries” although in precise reality simply appears to be an area sport streaming field. One thing which you greater than possible have already got on a desktop close to you; it is known as a gaming PC.
Although apparently the Alienware idea is designed to cope with “one of the crucial frequent and irritating issues—having a number of avid gamers below one roof competing for entry to their favourite titles and completely crushing Wi-Fi bandwidth.”
I imply, who hasn’t heard that one 1,000,000 occasions earlier than?
“Then there’s the medium: if you happen to’re enjoying on a PC and need to seamlessly swap to the TV, the very thought is a ridiculous fantasy.
“Or is it???”
Properly, no it isn’t.
As Hope pointed out, there have been many options through the years to that specific problem, with Steam’s personal In-House Streaming service one that may allow you to swap between your gaming rig and any machine able to internet hosting Steam or the Steam Hyperlink app.
Nvidia’s GameStream is arguably the closest to Alienware’s idea of an area sport streaming field, utilizing a GeForce GPU to stream straight to a different laptop computer, PC, Android TV field, cell phone, or pill to choose up the place you left off at your desk. That is how I have been enjoying my beloved Soccer Supervisor for years; hosted on my fundamental rig, however then if I am downstairs away from my desk I will swap to my laptop computer with out reloading or lacking a beat.
The extra fascinating aspect of the Idea Nyx setup, nonetheless, is this concept of a number of customers getting access to separate accounts inside one library, with apparently as much as 4 gamers streaming from one Nyx field.
That is the extra sophisticated bit, and likewise the half that Alienware says the least about. In spite of everything, it’s only a idea, and you do not have to clarify an idea.
Although it says it’ll be additional creating Idea Nyx sooner or later, so we’ll have to attend and see what tech it is utilizing to separate the GPU, CPU, and reminiscence sources of its sport streaming field to facilitate 4 customers enjoying on the identical time.
However nonetheless, I am unable to assist however really feel the uncooked idea of native sport streaming is not significantly ground-breaking in 2022, and ultimately that leaves Alienware’s CES prototype choices feeling just a little limp.
I would like some innovation in my ideas, I need to see that’ll-never-work concepts I’ve not seen earlier than. I would like product prototypes so left discipline they’re in a completely totally different discipline altogether, not one thing that we have been in a position to do for years however in a barely snazzier swimsuit.
So yeah, my verdict on Alienware’s CES 2022 ideas? Should blue-sky-out-of-the-box-opposite-thinking-innovate more durable.