Alienware turned a gaming PC into a Nintendo Switch

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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 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.


The Verge · January 6, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Would you buy Project UFO if it were a real product?

K Pac Films · January 7, 2020 at 10:10 pm

where can I preorder?

Mike G · January 7, 2020 at 10:22 pm

Linus needs to get a hand on this he wouldve told us specs

michealangelo12865 · January 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm

What games did you play?

Mike A · January 7, 2020 at 10:24 pm

Ive seen similar product before 🤔

NBaBall3r26 · January 7, 2020 at 10:26 pm

copied the switch straight up

ohareair69 · January 7, 2020 at 10:31 pm

i mean this sounds really good for java minecraft on the go

Brian Irizarry · January 7, 2020 at 10:32 pm

I need this to be released now! Day one buy if it does come out! They would be stupid not too launch this

Chaos Black · January 7, 2020 at 10:34 pm

Where to buy? I want it.

Ben Cochran · January 7, 2020 at 10:41 pm

Again. Nintendo changed the market.

Kevin Sela Nafi Ananta · January 7, 2020 at 10:57 pm

Can't play Dota 2 and sims 4

Jos Chapman · January 7, 2020 at 11:01 pm

I despise the uneven bezel also surely Nintendo has a patent on those removable wireless controllers

Ernesto Acosta · January 7, 2020 at 11:09 pm

Switch bring out the pro version in 2020 before the competition takes Nintendo out of the throne of portal gaming.

Danny Art · January 7, 2020 at 11:21 pm

Jeez… such a great machine, and the complaining that its not 4k, c'mon… you will never see the difference…

Brandon Taubert · January 7, 2020 at 11:24 pm

So far I only see switch games being played on it, at decent enough graphics for probably $500 less

RANDOM AUSSIE GUY · January 7, 2020 at 11:25 pm

price 3500

Ardbert Tronin-Fujikawa · January 7, 2020 at 11:36 pm

External Laptop-class GPU TB3 Companion with a built-in battery as an add-on accessory might be a good idea for those GPU heavy game?

Wesley Files · January 7, 2020 at 11:37 pm

Chaim forgot he had work today 😴

N N · January 7, 2020 at 11:41 pm

Nintendo switch rip off!

Heather Draws · January 7, 2020 at 11:47 pm

Bet my sorry Ex would've loved this…

HoobriBoobri · January 7, 2020 at 11:49 pm

realy nice!

Mrkindalegal TheBagopaniest · January 7, 2020 at 11:55 pm

I don’t even want to know the price

John Medved · January 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm

That thing is going to be $2,500.00.

awesome astronaut · January 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm

This feels like theft.

"bringing stuff down to the Switch's level" 🙄

Dulana Wijeratne · January 8, 2020 at 12:02 am

Good direction Alienware

Artis patterson · January 8, 2020 at 12:02 am

Can this thing browse the internet as well? If so you could pirate and emulate like crazy and never have to buy a game again all while being super portable 😍

Muhammad Irfan · January 8, 2020 at 12:04 am

Is there really dont have patent problem? Look too much similar consept with n switch.

Kevin Echols-EL · January 8, 2020 at 12:07 am

Where would your steam games be saved at. They will still need to be installed to play them. So how will that workout??

D C · January 8, 2020 at 12:09 am

I own an AW15R3 with GTX1070 and 90Wh battery and I need to keep it plugged in while gaming and use headphones to even hear my own thought… This AW UFO looks awesome but it will be more like a 1k dollar hairdryer with screen than a portable gaming surface

José Masipa · January 8, 2020 at 12:10 am

It's like X-box and Alienware both came inside the Nintendo switch and had this masterpiece

Charlie Clarke · January 8, 2020 at 12:28 am

I think it's a little unfair to call it aspired from the switch, it seems like Nintendo did most of the work in making this product.

Kevin Gannets Vlogs · January 8, 2020 at 12:50 am

So basically, this would not only be the best handheld gaming device ever created software wise it would also be the best emulation device as well and on top of that you could check your social media accounts and maybe even stream to twitch if the power is there at maybe 60+ FPS? I’ll take it

Banana Child · January 8, 2020 at 12:51 am

Everytime Nintendo does something, everybody in the neighborhood wants to do the same thing. Just goes to show how important Nintendo's innovative methods are in the shaping of the video game industry.

The Late Sir Jonathas · January 8, 2020 at 12:54 am

The fact that you could play Halo MCC, and later Halo Infinite on the go already makes me want to buy this.

OneNYBoi · January 8, 2020 at 12:59 am

Smash Z and PGS but it’s good

Reece Hart · January 8, 2020 at 1:07 am

Inb4 Nintendo lawsuit

Maliz Babelz · January 8, 2020 at 1:13 am

What are the specs for this prototype?

1900 Subscribers With 0 Videos? · January 8, 2020 at 1:18 am

You know the price is gonna be atleast 1K lol

Pizza guy · January 8, 2020 at 1:20 am

But can I play half life 2?

Harlock2day · January 8, 2020 at 1:22 am

It looks amazing and the idea is long overdue but it would be pricey.

Nyc Pigeon · January 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

If they do this it's a must buy for me

Tony HiTech · January 8, 2020 at 1:35 am

Yes!!! Need buy this 😍😍😍

vijil · January 8, 2020 at 1:43 am

Love the idea, but I don't play any games that work well with a controller so a gaming laptop still makes more sense.

Thomas L Bruce · January 8, 2020 at 1:44 am

Will be super over priced!!!

Rudy Z. · January 8, 2020 at 1:59 am

If it costs more than $400 then could be an issue, battery life, and game play, and game selection will be key or match Nintendo switch

Pamza Luikham · January 8, 2020 at 2:01 am

Why would anyone need a 4k 6 inch screen?

Alpha Weeb · January 8, 2020 at 2:14 am

Bet this will come out before smachZ

IsaiahGoesViral · January 8, 2020 at 2:17 am


Zoya Spencer · January 8, 2020 at 2:23 am

Didn't Sony do this 1st?

mini jawtay · January 8, 2020 at 2:38 am

Nintendo switch + psvita

MeatPopsycle · January 8, 2020 at 2:40 am

Ugh….Why is everyone so hooked on "4k"??? Forego the high resolution. Quality over quantity. Even regarding pixels.

Edward P. Hands · January 8, 2020 at 2:54 am

I WANT THIS. This would be so good to have alongside my Switch!

Michael · January 8, 2020 at 2:56 am

i just hope that the joysticks are going to be on the same level!!!

ASH'S GAME DEN · January 8, 2020 at 3:00 am

How much are we betting because of the controls being able to be removed that Nintendo will file a law suit…. 😂😂

Luis Salinas · January 8, 2020 at 3:05 am

Dude I cant!! This is exactly what I'm looking for!! I'm tired of all these laptops.

Peiwen Huang · January 8, 2020 at 3:08 am

STEAM should do this product instead of Alienware.

Baddy Kay · January 8, 2020 at 3:16 am

Dell: can i copy your homework?
Nintendo switch: yeah but change it a little bit

JRod · January 8, 2020 at 3:30 am

We been waiting for this since the PS Vita. I’m even more hyped for this than VR headsets.

Brandon EricsonTV · January 8, 2020 at 3:33 am

Does it run DVD's

Mobile Players · January 8, 2020 at 3:39 am

Lmao how do you get lag on that small screen?

michael ellams · January 8, 2020 at 4:00 am

Have to ask…..can it run Crysis.

adiel kanantha · January 8, 2020 at 4:10 am

If there’s a thunderbolt 3, im sold.

Crow Migration · January 8, 2020 at 4:14 am

In before nintendo lawsuit.

Neverasub · January 8, 2020 at 4:24 am

Question is do the controllers drift like Nintendo’s Joy-Cons?

Cerebral Cortech Reviews · January 8, 2020 at 4:25 am

Lets be real. It wont beat Nintendo in sales. However, with the accessibility to the Microsoft game store and Steam games, and its mobile, this machine will be unstoppable.

Poptrop · January 8, 2020 at 4:29 am

Why can’t you go into the windows settings and check the specs

Emiliano Mixcoatl · January 8, 2020 at 4:38 am


89Ahmed 891 · January 8, 2020 at 4:41 am

Ngl, I thought it was cool and can be it’s own thing till I saw you can slide the controllers out just like the switch😑, come on

AJ BOOMER · January 8, 2020 at 4:47 am

It's to big i like the idea, but it's just a Nintendo switch copy.

mr420 · January 8, 2020 at 4:47 am

if the price is right I would get it. if not I'll spend my money elsewhere

300 MAX Ultra Reactions · January 8, 2020 at 4:48 am

Can anyone take a guess at how powerful this thing is? I see it’s able to play World War Z.

Fandi Hidayat · January 8, 2020 at 4:52 am

nice copy of switch. copycat

lty · January 8, 2020 at 5:01 am

gpd win 2 is an option right now

Kameroni · January 8, 2020 at 5:03 am

Can we have a league benchmark with the frame rate limited to 120 tho?

Paul Derrick · January 8, 2020 at 5:05 am

i want it you want it we all want it

Brendan Du · January 8, 2020 at 5:07 am

Nintendo lawsuit incoming…

Junver Aliviado · January 8, 2020 at 5:11 am

Uhmmm wonder if the other company is not gonna have an issue with their design and patent rights???🤔 i smell lawsuit

lala lala · January 8, 2020 at 5:14 am

how much

BigSkylar · January 8, 2020 at 5:20 am

Whats that in the air?………..*Sniff*
I Smell Lawsuit

CB INDIGO · January 8, 2020 at 5:21 am


Jay Tejada · January 8, 2020 at 5:35 am

Bye Nintendo hello Alienware!

ChaCha · January 8, 2020 at 5:39 am

If starting $999… lmao I rather buy like 3 switches.

sergio patrik · January 8, 2020 at 5:50 am

Vai ser sucesso !!! A Nintendo tá precisando de uma concorrente .a Nintendo tá acomodada pensando que é a rainha dos portáteis…Alienware chegou destruindo

IronBrothers TV · January 8, 2020 at 5:52 am

world of warcraft on the go! oh hell yeaa

TheGoldminor · January 8, 2020 at 5:52 am

honestly, what's the point, knowing it's price is definitely gonna be like 4x more expensive than a nintendo switch, also being a windows console, means there's not much major exclusive already so that's 2 major loss.

at that point, just buy an alienware laptop for the same price.

gaga panigara · January 8, 2020 at 5:58 am

wow….. can i play dota 2 on this device?

Reiny 03 · January 8, 2020 at 6:05 am

basically a working/playable version of Smach Z ROFL

busywl69 · January 8, 2020 at 6:17 am

if you can play your steam library and is under $200 then gimme

神風金 · January 8, 2020 at 6:20 am

I'm not joking I will buy this in a heart beat if this comes out

john mckie · January 8, 2020 at 6:26 am

Sooooo…….the Switch Pro 🤷‍♂️?

D'andrae G · January 8, 2020 at 6:33 am

I'm thinking remote play?

Jer emy · January 8, 2020 at 6:35 am

If its only 60hz refresh then its not worth it

dogunit100 · January 8, 2020 at 6:41 am

Intel gpu there a limit when it come to gaming why not amd

I bet price would be around $900 to $1200 afterall it's alienware

Pan John · January 8, 2020 at 6:43 am

gpd win 2 guys

MoRpH · January 8, 2020 at 6:45 am

yah i can play halo now and do ps4 remote play on this thing

Deku Drunx · January 8, 2020 at 6:45 am

You know I like it how people be hating on Nintendo and people think Sony and Microsoft are ten times better but yet the people that hate on Nintendo they turn their own systems into a Nintendo switch knockoff. If it weren't for Nintendo this would have never existed. So thank u Nintendo that's why you guys are the best in the world. I'M WITH TEAM NINTENDO! It's amazing how Nintendo can pull off such an amazing things which is low specs. Proving the world that you don't need the highest advanced most powerful tech in the world to run games. And now Nintendo has inspired so many other companies to the point where we have this Alienware UFO WOW. Nintendo really is something huh. Hehe

GameZard · January 8, 2020 at 7:04 am

Vita is rotting in hell.

MarcelAusHamburg · January 8, 2020 at 7:20 am

You can play everywhere!
…game needs online connection…

bright esk · January 8, 2020 at 7:31 am

Hot and loud, exactly how Intel likes it

Bigboi 360 · January 8, 2020 at 7:57 am

It's good but dont do 4k. 1440p at most but I'd prefer 1080p to keep it a bit cheaper

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