Dell’s Working On a Controller for PC Gaming in the Living Room

Concept Nyx game controller

Chart: Dell

Valve’s hardware dreams are currently doing better than ever thanks to the steam bridge, but once upon a time, House Newell wanted to own your living room too. the Steam machinethe physical Steam Link and even the steam controller never really took off like the Steam Deck did, but like cloud game has become more normalized, other companies are coming to pursue Valve’s dreams. We saw Dell Nyx concept at last year’s CES, where it was revealed as an experimental, not-for-sale home gaming server that basically functions as a personal GeForce Now to stream your games throughout your home. This year Concept Nyx is back, and while it’s still not for sale and the mechanics of the server haven’t changed much, Dell gave us some time with a new controller, also experimental and not to be sell, which he tests to accompany him. Already it looks like it could become one of the most complete and comfortable ways to control a PC from your couch.

The Steam Controller made waves when it was released thanks to its dual haptic touchpads, a note Dell takes to heart with its new controller concept. It has the same four buttonsthe dual-stick layout you’re probably familiar with by now, and even has the same back paddles you’ll get on high-end controllers like the Two way edge. But in place of the directional pad is a single haptic touchpad that’s supposed to offer a number of features.

Concept Nyx game controller

Chart: Dell

Essentially, it’s there to give you a radial menu. At the push of a button, the touchpad becomes a means of navigating through a quick-access menu of around 8 PC settings (it’s customizable). Which PC settings the radial menu accesses is up to you, and the idea is to allow you to set them in software.

In addition to the touchpad, there is the touchpads of Sony’s controllers, after all, the Concept Nyx controller also has two scroll wheels, which work just like those on your mouse, positioned below the thumbsticks. Dell also plays around with a fingerprint sensor for quick logins, and the rear paddles can be used as shift buttons to temporarily swap the controller to new mapping schemesthat you will determine in the Software.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the controller are the shoulder buttons, which have haptic tactile feedback that also allows them to function similarly to a scroll wheel. Just run your finger over it.

Concept Nyx game controller

Chart: Dell

Even more advanced features are still in the works, like the ability to set custom resistances for your controllers. The controller is also supposed to have adaptive triggers much like Sony’s Dualsense, where it will offer different levels of force for different in-game activities, although I couldn’t test that. The controller is also supposed to recognize you and relaunch you in the last game you were playing when you pick it up, perhaps via the fingerprint reader, but I couldn’t test that either.

Of course, this is all still a concept, but the idea here is promising, especially for people who like to play games like MMOs with a controller, or who hate navigating a living room PC with a keyboard and mouse. wireless. I would count myself among those two groups. I didn’t get a chance to play games with the Concept Nyx controller at a demo hosted by Dell where I was able to hold it, but I was impressed with the solid build quality. Haptics, scroll wheels and scroll shoulder buttons were also already worked as expected when I demonstrated them, and it was easy to tell the difference between a new virtual notch each time I waved my hand over the shoulder button.

We’ll see if you can ever buy this controller. As shown UFO concept, Dell’s concepts often do not leave this phase. But the gauntlet is now cast anyone who thought the controller form factor was already perfect.

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