Alienware just revealed their new prototype portable PC and while they were open about being inspired by the Nintendo Switch, many are saying it's a direct rip-off. From the overall design to the detachable Joy-Con-esque controllers, the similarities are there with Alienware's vision of bringing PC gaming to an all-new level. But is it too similar or harmless inspiration?
We're always pushing what's possible in the realm of gaming. Introducing our newest gaming innovation, #ConceptUFO. Watch the official unveiling on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. PST. #CES2020 https://t.co/lNV4TM1eXe pic.twitter.com/6TwCI9nfc1— ALIENWARE (@Alienware) January 6, 2020
While it's certainly an interesting design and intriguing to be able to take PC games on the go in such a way, we don't know the specs quite yet for what this prototype will offer if it ever sees fruition. Obviously, it won't stack up quite like a high-performance PC, but if it's even slightly above the Switch's graphics settings, this could be a really good thing for Steam users especially.
But, it is the internet, and not everyone was happy:
alienware: yo nintendo, can i copy your homework dawg?— Noah (@PhantomArtifice) January 6, 2020
nintendo: yeah sure man, just change it up a bit so we don’t get caught
"What if we took the Switch, and made it cost five times as much?"— 💮Ben💮 (@ItionoBen) January 6, 2020
-Also Alienware https://t.co/ud10MRE62U
This looks interesting, and I'd buy this kind of thing if reasonably priced. But stop calling it an 'innovation'.— Cheyenne (@CheyenneGames) January 7, 2020
Call it what it is: a blantant attempt to copy Nintendo Switch, only running Windows 10 on more powerful hardware.
There's nothing innovative about it.
But not all of the reactions were negative. In fact, many stated that the Alienware design alievated many of the original gripes with some of the Nintendo Switch design choices:
The orientation of the joysticks and buttons solves my biggest issue with the Switch. Literally every controller except for Joy Cons aligns them diagonally, ie the way human thumbs actually move. The vertical orientation on the Joy Cons makes handheld control inferior to docked— Marshall T Mahon (@mahon_marshall) January 7, 2020
This looks amazing, I wonder if it can be customized, like adding Nvidia gsync or Amd Freesync, choosing wheaten the display can be Ips or oled, but yeah as long as it’s not overpriced and it can last 5-6 hours on the go and have replaceable battery I’ll buy it in a heart beat.— Jonathan Patino (@JohnyJR32) January 6, 2020
Looks like everything ive ever wanted in a handheld device..... An OLED screen would be preferable.....by alot..— Erik (@Erik29199921) January 7, 2020
Video out is a must. Touch Screen is important. I dont care if it has 120fps screen.... 60 or 90 would do it for me.
Hopefully not more than 1000 dollars.
Since this is just the prototype, there is no release window information at this time. Thoughts on the design? Flawed or flawless? Sound off by hitting us up over on Twitter @PrimaGames!