Dell/Alienware presented many future concepts under the NYX brand in 2022. Now we’re getting more details at CES 2023, and the Concept NYX Controller is probably the most interesting and potentially most pragmatic part of NYX.
Unlike its 2022 equivalent, the new 2023 Concept NYX controller uses a design and ergonomics that’s time-tested (don’t fix what ain’t broke). However, some cool additions and ideas could improve “the future of gaming”. There are new ideas in areas such as biometrics, force feedback, multitasking or input types.
On the biometric front, what if the controller could recognize who is holding it? It’s not uncommon for multiple people in a household to use one console, and wouldn’t it be nice if the controller could log you into the right account with all your personal settings when you pick it up?
While playing, your character may get into a difficult situation and get stunned or injured. If that’s the case, the controller could use force feedback to let you “feel” the combat when trying to move, adding another layer to the gaming experience. That same force feedback could make driving an antique vehicle feel very different than a modern one.
Some of this could be implemented using existing technologies, but it seems Dell wants to take it to the next level.
New input types include scroll wheels, making changing items or weapons as easy as using a mouse on PC. Depending on the implementation, this would make a lot of sense, and it’s even surprising that it’s not widely used yet.
The good news is that these ideas aren’t entirely “out there” and there’s a reasonable chance that Dell (or someone else, we’re looking at you, Razer) could implement them in the not-too-distant future. Remember, this is a concept, not a product. It remains to be seen how much each will add to the existing gaming experience, but we need OEMs like Dell to push the envelope and not just settle for the current status quo.
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