The Consumer Electronics Show
always brings some exciting announcements for PC gaming: new chips
, monitors, rigs and laptops
, and more. It turns into a showcase of sorts for the likes of AMD
, and Nvidia
. But you know what caught my eye? A Nintendo Switch-like PC that likely will never hit the market.
My former VentureBeat colleague, Devindra Hardawar, wrote about Dell’s “Concept UFO” over at Engadget
. It’s a PC inside a case that looks just like Nintendo’s hybrid home/portable console, and it even has a TV dock, too. As much as I love PC gaming, the Switch has been my favorite way to play games since it launched in 2017, and I’d love to have that freedom for PC games.
Most nights, I head to my home office downstairs after putting my kids to bed to work on some games. Often, after watching a show with my wife or playing a game with her (either a tabletop product or on our PS4 or Switch), I’ll go upstairs and play my Switch.
But many nights, I’d rather be playing a PC game than many of the games on the Switch (a number of which are PC ports!). But while in bed, I don’t have to worry about getting sleepy. I can just put the Switch down and go to sleep.
And I wish I could do that with my PC games. Now, most of the time, I’m not playing the triple-A games that push my GPU. I’m playing card games, indie RPGs, platformers, and the like. Things that would run well on a device like Dell’s.
A Switch-like PC would also be a boon for those who enjoy playing games while traveling. It’s hard for me to play games on a laptop while on a plane or a train, but it’d be easy to play a whole bunch of games with a Switch-like case.
Alas, Devindra reports that this is a concept, and it’s not going into production. But this is such a good idea that Dell, or another company, should forge ahead with.
I can’t be the only one who would enjoy a portable gaming PC that’s not a laptop?