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January 5, 2006

Michael Dell disses Xbox 360 at CES

Posted by David Hunter at 10:12 PM ET.

Fasten your seatbelts for a brief CES hype excursion. Aslee Vance at The RegisterDell ridicules Microsoft as a ‘so called’ high-end gamer:

Dismissing Microsoft’s Xbox 360 as “so called high-definition gaming,” Michael Dell today unveiled a stunning new limited edition Dell gaming PC packed with four Nvidia graphics processors and a “factory over-clocked” 4.26GHz chip.

Chairman Dell did the unveiling here at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and managed to wow his keynote crowd with the flashy XPS 600 Renegade. The limited edition system boasts a custom red paint job with flame graphics along the side. Dell also believes the box, shipping in the first quarter, will be the first to hold two of Nvidia’s GeForce 7800 SLI graphics cards, which would allow four graphics processors to be linked together. Add all that to the 4.26GHz Intel Extreme Edition dual-core chip, and you’ve got a serious gaming machine.

Another word for it is “graphics supercomputer” according to Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of nVidia, who is quoted at Engadget where they have a photo of this beast. Jason Cross at PC Magazine has more including the price tag:

Dell anticipates shipping the new XPS system by the end of January, with prices ranging from about $4,000 to 7,000 plus, depending on display and other options.

There’s a very real conflict between PC and console gaming, but I doubt this is the answer.

Filed under CES06, Conferences, Coopetition, Dell, PC Games, Xbox

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