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Alienware's latest gaming PC looks like a Nintendo Switch

The Concept UFO is the Windows running Nintendo Switch you always wanted.

Published onJanuary 7, 2020

Dell Concept UFO in hand

It wouldn’t be CES if we didn’t see at least a few outlandish products and Alienware is delivering the goods with the Concept UFO. Ever wanted a Nintendo Switch with Windows 10 support? That’s precisely what this is.

Dell Concept UFO breakaway

Alienware’s Concept UFO uses a Switch like modular build and pairs it with PC-class components. Dell is being coy with the specifications here and hasn’t mentioned anything other support for a 10th generation Intel chipset. All the essentials are housed in a central module that also has an 8-inch, 1200p display. While the Concept UFO won’t be a gaming powerhouse, it should be able to run recent games at a decent clip.

Dell Concept UFO

Like the Switch, the Concept UFO includes controllers on either side of the central hub. These attach to the main body through a magnetic rail system. Of course, since this is still a Windows based machine, albeit with a custom launcher, the dual USB-C ports can be used for charging, peripherals as well as to connect the UFO to a dock for video output.

Unfortunately, Dell owned Alienware has no plans to bring the Concept UFO to market. The product is a straight up copy of the Nintendo Switch, and I can’t imagine the Japanese gaming giant being too happy about the copy-cat design. Add to it potential issues like battery life, and a sky-high price, it is easy to see why Alienware is playing it cautious with the Concept UFO.

Personally, I think the Concept UFO would make a fantastic indie-gaming machine when out and about. What about you? Does the Concept intrigue you or would you prefer a dedicated gaming console instead?

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