Alienware’s Concept Nyx is an at-home gaming server that may never exist

Dell and its gaming brand, Alienware, have shown off concept devices in the past, as a potential look at what may be coming down the road. It is a growing trend in the consumer electronics industry, taking a page out of the automotive world's book. It is either an intriguing glimpse into a potential future or a red herring.

It is an opportunity for Dell to gauge community interest in a technology that is not ready for prime time. Alienware showed off Concept UFO, a handheld gaming console, last year and it is still a concept.

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Concept Nyx is an at- home server that can stream games throughout the home. The ultimate idea behind the product is to allow houses to stream multiple games to multiple devices at the same time. The controller is the primary contact, connecting to a smart TV, computer or other device and playing the game through a Dell app.

Pricing and the sort of compute power needed to play multiple games at once are likely to be some of the issues that need to be worked out. Adding a bunch of chips to a product adds up quickly, though it's not too far away from the possibility of streaming over home internet.

The bigger question is how much demand there is. I think a lot of its potential audience have already invested in a gaming PC or console. If they haven't, it's worth noting that the promise of streaming two or even four games at once in a house isn't worth a product that costs the same as two consoles for most scenarios.

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The company writes.

We are looking at how to power four game streams simultaneously, smart switch among devices, and draw from a central library of all your games. As easy as accessing your favorite music, TV shows and movies, gaming on Concept Nyx is. Imagine a simple app on each device that will give you instant access to all your games, so you can play them on any device. You can still fight over groceries and laundry, but no more. Wouldn't it be great if everyone could game on their own terms?

Again, this is firmly in the concept phase, but in its current iteration, it sounds like it will be scrapped before hitting the market.