Alienware Made a Competitor to Nintendo Switch
The Alienware Concept UFO is a handheld Windows 10 gaming PC that looks like Nintendo Switch’s clothes, and it’s on display at CES right now.
The “Concept” in the name is for real—this handheld device isn’t for sale, so don’t go planning or budgeting for it yet. The UFO is an effort to pack a PC into a tiny shell without relying on the mobile architecture used by the same attempts at portable PC gaming gadgets, like the Razer Edge and Nvidia Shield. “This is going to be a full PC, so that’s where it’s the first of its kind. It runs for Windows. It’s a PC in a unique body style,” Ray Watkins, Dell consumer product reviews manager, tells Tom’s Guide.
There’s the basic handheld mode, the kickstand-supported controllers-detached mode, and the docked mode, where the gadget is connected to a display for the more regular couch and controller gaming sessions.
A huge 8-inch screen will work great for small text and interfaces, too—the Switch’s 6.2 inches doesn’t always cut it. But slap on those controllers, take in the big bevel, and the Concept UFO stops looking like so portable. You’re going to need a new backpack, assuming it fits into whatever budget this thing will require. Battery life is a question I like to know. I can’t believe this thing will last for more than an hour or two of play, but I like to be wrong. And how much does it weigh, well I want to know.
We're always pushing what's possible in the realm of gaming. Introducing our newest gaming innovation, #ConceptUFO. Watch the official unveiling on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. PST. #CES2020 https://t.co/lNV4TM1eXe pic.twitter.com/6TwCI9nfc1
— ALIENWARE (@Alienware) January 6, 2020
Sadly, we don’t know what specifications the UFO is having, and likely won’t until, and if, this thing ever release in the market. I don’t expect it to hold a candle to a well-packed desktop PC, but do expect it to match up to current-gen gaming consoles.