Alienware turned a gaming PC into a Nintendo Switch

Alienware turned a gaming PC into a Nintendo Switch

January 29, 2020 100 By Sebastian Fry


– What if a Nintendo Switch was also a full Windows 10 gaming PC? (glitch hop beat) This is Alienware’s Concept UFO which it’s announcing
at CES 2020 this year and it’s basically that. This is an early concept. We don’t know price, we don’t know release date. We don’t even know if the final product will even look anything like this. But it’s really the idea that
Alienware is gunning for here, which is to kind of complete
that circle of gaming. Alienware makes desktops
and Alienware makes laptops. And now they want something that you can take really
anywhere and play anywhere. It’s a full-fledged Windows 10 PC. They won’t tell us
anything about the specs, we don’t know what
processor or GPU it has. But we do know that
it’s running Windows 10, that it has an eight-inch screen, has a battery, and you can play full-fledged
PC games basically anywhere. (synth pop music) This would sort of pave the way for this. It kind of showed that there was a market that people want to be able to play full console quality games on the go, and this kind of feels like the next step, which is not port games or bring them down to the Switch’s level. But just to run those
games that you already own. You could, in theory,
just load up Steam on this and play all your regular
existing PC games anywhere. The hardware here is
really what you’d expect if you took an Alienware gaming laptop, especially one of the newer ones, and kind of shrunk it
down into a handheld form. You’ve got these very angular designs, you’ve got the honeycomb
vents on the back, you’ve got Alienware font. Of course one of the cool
things is the controllers, which detach right off. There’s a hub unit which is sort of like the
Joy-Con controller dock where you can dock these
two controller halves and use it like a regular controller. Controller feels great, the joysticks feels great, the buttons are nice and clicky. This hedge unit, which has the battery, the PC, the CPU, can also then be stood up with
the kickstand on the back, which just unfolds. So you can prop it up, you can pop the controllers off, and then you can just put
it up on the table and play. Alienware says it’s 900 grams, which is like 1.9 pounds. It feels pretty good to hold in your hand. What you can also do is you can plug this into
an external monitor. You plug a regular USBC
cable into the top over here. (synth music) Alienware isn’t talking
what kind of panel this is in terms of display resolution. It can run games at up to 1200p, which again isn’t 4K HD quality. But especially when you’re
this close to the screen, it doesn’t seem to matter as much. This isn’t the most demanding game, but this looks way better than it does, say, on a Switch. And it performs great. There’s no lag, there’s no stuttering, reflections look good. There’s a lot of things that Alienware’s still gonna have to solve before this is actually a compelling device that you can buy. Obviously battery life is huge issue. Alienware wouldn’t talk about that. But if you’re running
full-fledged PC games on a full-fledged PC on batteries in something
that you can fit in your hand, that’s obviously a thing that they’re gonna need to work out. And I would not expect to get more than a couple
of hours of this at best. Heat is also a big thing. Even just playing a game here, you could hear the fans
kicking up and they are loud. (fans whirring) Again, you’re holding a
gaming PC in your hand. There’s gonna be sacrifices and
that’s gonna be one of them. That’s Concept UFO. Again, it’s still an early concept, there’s still a lot of the
details that we don’t know. We don’t even know if
Alienware’s ever gonna sell it. But at least on this idea, I’m a big fan. And again, while these are early concepts, they’re really functional. They work, they’re
running active hardware. I’m playing Rocket League on this thing, which is a lot more than we
usually see from concepts. Which could indicate that
these are farther along than you might necessarily think. Thanks so much for watching. For more great videos like this, make sure to keep it locked
to The Verge YouTube channel. We’ll have tons of stuff
out of CES all week. I’m terrible at Rocket League. Please don’t hold this against me.