We’ve all seen fake Nintendo Switch’s out in the wild; however, a new portable gaming PC machine by Dell/Alienware was announced at CES today. It looks, works and has the same concept as the Nintendo Switch, but on steroids. It’s called Alienware Concept UFO and is currently just at the prototype stage but looks like a finished product ready for commercial sale. It is probably the quintessential portable gaming PC we’ve all wanted, re-imagined Nintendo Switch style.
Just like the Nintendo Switch, it has a tablet where one can slide in two controllers similar to the Joy-Cons on the Switch. However, the design of the controllers and the body of the UFO is slightly different than the Switch. It comes with two analog sticks, a D-Pad and four action buttons on the front of the device. On the top, there are the triggers and shoulder buttons similar to an Xbox One game controller.
The main difference here is that the Alienware UFO concept runs on Windows 10 and will run PC games at a resolution of 1200p. This means a larger games library at a higher resolution than the Nintendo Switch. The portable gaming device also comes with its own kickstand and can also output to larger displays without the need of a dock. The Alienware UfO comes with two USB-C ports; one at the top and bottom which can be used to output video to other displays, charge the device and use wired controllers, keyboard and mouse.
Dell has not detailed any of the components being used to power the Alienware UFO which could be a factor at determining the performance of the portable device. Due to which it is not possible to know the calibre of games it can run or what specifications are under the hood to figure out the graphics settings for each game. Sure, one cannot expect the Alienware UFO to deliver Desktop PC graphics but it would be interesting to see how much more powerful it is than the Nintendo Switch. We’ve already seen credible ports of games like Witcher 3, Elder Scrolls iV: Skyrim and Overwatch for the Nintendo Switch. It all depends on how well the games are optimised for the device and whether it can deliver a smooth lag-free experience.
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