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Alienware turned a gaming PC into a Nintendo Switch

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 announcingat 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 thatAlienware is gunning for here, which is to kind of completethat circle of gaming. Alienware makes desktopsand Alienware makes laptops. And now they want something that you can take reallyanywhere and play anywhere. It's a full-fledged Windows 10 PC. They won't tell usanything about the specs, we don't know whatprocessor or GPU it has. But we do know thatit's running Windows 10, that it has an eight-inch screen, has a battery, and you can play full-fledgedPC 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 thosegames that you already own. You could, in theory,just load up Steam on this and play all your regularexisting PC games anywhere. The hardware here isreally what you'd expect if you took an Alienware gaming laptop, especially one of the newer ones, and kind of shrunk itdown into a handheld form. You've got these very angular designs, you've got the honeycombvents on the back, you've got Alienware font. Of course one of the coolthings is the controllers, which detach right off. There's a hub unit which is sort of like theJoy-Con controller dock where you can dock thesetwo 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 withthe kickstand on the back, which just unfolds. So you can prop it up, you can pop the controllers off, and then you can just putit 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 intoan external monitor.


You plug a regular USBCcable into the top over here. (synth music) Alienware isn't talkingwhat 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'rethis 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 runningfull-fledged PC games on a full-fledged PC on batteries in somethingthat 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 coupleof hours of this at best. Heat is also a big thing. Even just playing a game here, you could hear the fanskicking up and they are loud. (fans whirring) Again, you're holding agaming PC in your hand. There's gonna be sacrifices andthat's gonna be one of them. That's Concept UFO. Again, it's still an early concept, there's still a lot of thedetails that we don't know. We don't even know ifAlienware'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'rerunning active hardware. I'm playing Rocket League on this thing, which is a lot more than weusually see from concepts. Which could indicate thatthese are farther along than you might necessarily think. Thanks so much for watching. For more great videos like this, make sure to keep it lockedto The Verge YouTube channel. We'll have tons of stuffout of CES all week. I'm terrible at Rocket League. Please don't hold this against me. 

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