In the first TPoI of the year, Alienware surprises at CES with a handheld gaming PC and Razer launches gaming controllers for smartphones, and AARP reveals that grandma is getting into gaming!

Alienware unveils concept for handheld gaming PC
During CES 2020, Alienware showed off a prototype of the Concept UFO, a new portable gaming PC that transforms Windows 10 into a handheld device. Equipped with an 8-inch 1200p display, detachable controllers, and a dock to link the device to a monitor or TV, the prototype is drawing attention from GameSpot and The Verge due to its stark similarities to the Nintendo Switch. Specifications have yet to be released, but early demos of the device left PC Gamer and Kotaku optimistic about its performance capabilities, with the outlets noting that the UFO could open up a new world of possibilities for gamers who want to play PC-specific titles on-the-go.

Razer launches gaming controller for smartphones
Razer recently announced its foray into the mobile hardware space with the Razer Kishi, a universal controller that pairs with smartphones. Shown during CES 2020, the Razer Kishi enables players to game on mobile without tapping the screen or pairing an Xbox or PlayStation controller. Engadget, GameSpot, and The Verge claim Razer is looking to the future of 5G cloud gaming and created the controller with services such as Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud in mind. Digital Trends explained the device could be also be used for domestic purposes, stating, “You will still be able to charge your device while playing the Razer Kishi, making it a great choice for playing something like Fortnite while someone else uses the television at home.”

New study finds an increase in gaming popularity amongst people over 50
A new AARP study released shows that gaming is gaining popularity among Americans aged 50 and older. More than 10 million elderly Americans became active video gamers over the past three years, and CBS reports that it may be due to an increase in time grandparents spend gaming with grandchildren and nostalgic game factors that hook players’ attention. Other highlights from the study include that 49% of older gamers are women compared to 40% of older men, and that older consumers are becoming increasingly savvy — relying more on third-party recommendations via news sites and apps compared to personal connections. The study also showed older gamers are moving increasingly to smartphone and tablets to play games.