Dell's 'Concept UFO' is a cool idea for portable PC gaming

Dell's 'Concept UFO' is a cool idea for portable PC gaming
At CES 2020, Dell just unveiled ‘Concept UFO’, an interesting effort to bring portability to PC gaming.

As Engadget reported, the computer firm showed off a prototype model with an immersive 8-inch display and two detachable handles—just like the design of Nintendo’s Switch console. The control handles attach magnetically, and can be used as a standalone controller when the device is connected to a TV.

Though the device is based on Windows 10, it runs a custom skin focused on gaming. Thus, it’s like a console that can run PC games, both portably and on a big screen—something that’s never been pulled off successfully. 



Dell doesn’t say exactly what specs power the UFO experience, but the device is said to comfortably run games at 30fps or higher in handheld mode, while it can reach around 60fps when docked, apparently matching the performance of most of its peers.

Speaking of peers, it’s important to mention that there isn’t anything quite like Concept UFO currently on the market. Local streaming platforms like Nvidia Shield and cloud gaming systems like Google Stadia and PlayStation Now have similarly attempted to give PC gaming more flexibility, all with varying levels of success, but all of them are conceptually more complex than what Dell has made.

If Dell can pull off this concept, it could open the door for console-level gaming without additional hardware or subscriptions, possible even offline. It’s certainly just a concept for now, with many details uncertain and a release not even planned yet, but it’s a very cool idea with tons of potential—and now, with a working prototype, a great deal of plausibility.

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6 Comments

1. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Nintendo would sue the s*** out of Dell. I would want one though, alongside my Switch.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2324; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So Nintendo should be suing the S*** out of Asus, Xiaomi and others with clip on controllers too then?? LOL

8. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I didn’t know Asus, xiaomi, and “others” have portable handheld gaming devices that can be docked to a TV and have removable side controllers. Care to share what they are? LOL

2. ex.trimist

Posts: 8; Member since: May 23, 2019

it is very hard to get this working, but i am thinking what if the game is just being streamed on this device. like stadia.

3. vgking9699

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

That wouldn’t be good, and especially not as good switch competition Cuz not only this device cost probably twice as much as a switch, it would them also have to have cellular support with its added $10 per month fee, if not higher if it was 5G and not 4G LTE Also data cap issue would be a huge negative for streaming the games

6. TBomb

Posts: 1714; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

you sound like the Stadia subreddit haters :P I think it would be good. It could easily be a hybrid that is able to stream (stadia-like) and local games (switch). If it's Windows, it could have any system that a Windows PC can run, then you just need Chrome on there to support Stadia. On a base level it seems like a powerful tablet with a controller mod that can be attached. The specs and ability to play on big screen is where it gets a little more complicated and Switch-like, but if Nintendo can do it, it's possible.

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