The Nintendo Switch is one of the best gaming consoles. It made console gaming portable in a way no handheld gaming gadget did before it. A lot of that was due to its original and smart convertible form factor, so it was only a matter of time until someone emulated it.
At CES, Alienware revealed the Concept UFO, a gaming PC that is basically a straight-up Switch clone. But it is not all bad, we like choices.
The Concept UFO packs an 8-inch screen and a 1900 x 1200 display into a portable form factor with detachable controllers. The device overall seems a bit chunkier than the switch, though, on the plus side, the controllers seem a bit more ergonomic. It still has a kickstand so you can play with the controllers separated just about anywhere – and this is adjustable and looks quite strong.
It’s a full-fledged Windows PC, so you could also play games with a mouse and keyboard. It has a Thunderbolt port, so you should be able to export an image onto any display with the right cable.
The controllers don’t mirror each other like Switch, so you won’t be able to play two-player games using only the built-in remotes. On the other hand… it’s a complete PC. Connect any Bluetooth or USB controller and you’re set.
Unfortunately, it’s just a concept for now. Though the press got to go hands-on and the unit seemed to work well, Dell isn’t promising it’ll actually come to market anytime soon. And though the company has working prototypes, it isn’t giving any specifications beyond the display and the fact it uses a 10th gen Intel processor.
The company showed off a few other concept PCs. Concept Duo is essentially a Surface Duo – two touchscreens fastened in laptop form – while Concept Ori is the same idea but with a foldable screen instead of two separate ones. That’s great, but everyone and their mother seems to be trying to make folding displays and dual-screen gadgets. Make Concept UFO real and I will buy one.