CES 2020: Alienware’s Concept UFO is like a Switch on steroids

Alienware Concept UFO

During this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Alienware released the first details about a new handheld gaming PC called the “Concept UFO”. The first look at the device seems awfully familiar with its obvious inspiration from the Nintendo Switch.  Concept UFO features dual control pieces that adhere to the screen via magnetic strips. When removed, they bond together into a controller that, you guessed it, looks like a UFO. That’s tried and true Alienware stuff to be sure!

Other factoids about the prototype model of the Concept UFO:

  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Display: 8″ 1200p
  • Back-mounted kickstand for tabletop play
  • USB-C ports
  • Mouse/keyboard compatible

The folks at CNET.com managed to get a hands-on preview of Concept UFO. Here’s a snip of what they had to say:

“[C]ompared to a lot of other prototypes we’ve seen, this hardware looks and feels finished, with a high degree of polish. So who knows?  Except, instead of Switch games, it runs Windows games. That gives you access to a much larger library, with titles from different developers, and available at non-Nintendo prices. During a hands-on gaming session before the start of CES 2020, I played the (frankly not very good) World War Z PC game and found it to be surprisingly playable on this hardware.”

Alienware isn’t ready to divulge any real specifics about the device or even if it will become a reality. However, it’s an interesting peek into what engineers are envisioning for the future of PC gaming.

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Suzie is an avid gamer and has been since 1995. She lives in the desert with her own personal minion while dreaming of pixel worlds beyond Earth.

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