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CES Letters Call it the battle of banality. Which staid IT giant do you like more – Microsoft or Dell?

That's the debate that has emerged after Chairman Michael Dell attacked Microsoft's Xbox 360 console here at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Dell dismissed Microsoft as a "so called high-definition gaming" player, saying that gaming consoles will never keep up with the ever-improving performance of PCs. The consoles initially ship with state-of-the-art technology, but consumers cannot upgrade the systems easily and after a few months the consoles are showing their age. By contrast, PCs always ship with the latest and greatest parts, and customers can upgrade internal components, Dell argued.

In particular, Dell pointed to the company's new limited edition gaming giant – the XPS 600 Renegade. This box boasts a whopping four Nvidia graphics processors and an over-clocked 4.26GHz dual-core Intel chip. The system also has a slick custom paint job done in a fire motif, which we believe is in homage to Intel's chips.

We can't find a price for the Renegade, which ships in the Spring, just yet. The regular XPS 600 starts at close to $1,700, so you can figure that the special edition box will run well over $2,000.

Our blessed readers picked up on this theme.

Not that I'd wish to take a easyshot at Michael Dell and his new l33t g4m3rz hardware but whilst it might outperform an X-Box 360 I'd imagine it might actually cost just a little bit more too (although he can have £300 of my money if he'll price match). With insight like this perhaps he could speculate on the chosen religion of the pope and lavatorial habits of bears, etc.

Andrew Richards


So how much does the Dell super-duper gaming PC cost? (Guestimate around £2000?). And how much does an XBox 360 cost (around £200?).

Well blow me - a product costing 10 times more beats off a rival one?! Whatever next.

My car (a 12-year old Citroen diesel worth around £400) is whupped good-and-proper by a colleague's (3 year old Audi A4 Quattro worth around 12 grand!). I *am* surprised!

David Cornes Bolton, UK.


Regarding your article: Dell ridicules Microsoft as a 'so called' high-end gamer

I was wondering if you could ask them what sort of a power gaming machine Dell could supply me with for £280 :)

Mike Ohren


Wonderful statement by Delly boy, considering his "gamer" system probably is a factor of 10+ more times expensive than the Xbox 360.

Rich


I was just thinking thats really funny that Mike Dell shows off a $3000-4000 overclocked computer system to bag on a $400 console. Not to mention PC gaming being somewhat in the toilet these days. I've got an uber GeForce 7800 GTX to play CivIV right now. haha, oh well.

Bill Kroll


I don't suppose Mr Dell's PR people would have been chuffed had he mentioned that his games PC will come with a price tag as hideous as its tacky looks (fire and skulls indeed).

Ali


So Mr Dell says that the new fixed-spec console, whilst impressive at release, will soon be leapfrogged in performance by future advances in computer technology.

No, really? What a genius. Give the man a trophy.

Mike


Does Michael Dell know the R500 core is better than 7800 SLI, not to mention a dedicated processor would rape a Windows box? What is this guy, retarded?

Eliot


Wow, and I thought the wonderful Mr. Gates the Third won the Most Arrogant award. He might have to come second this year. ... Well, tied for first at the very least.

Christopher Woods


Great article and I love the fact that Dell feels they need to stick it to Bill's "We don't make hardware" company M$.

One small thing though, IBM does not make PCs anymore. As I'm sure you are well aware they sold that division off and are now a "services" company for the most part.

MarkL.


RE: Dell vs. MS

At least you don't have to uninstall half a dozen programs on a 360 to regain the 20% performance hit bloatware creates on their XPS "Experience".

Chris Morley

Dell would likely argue that true gamers will gladly pay more for the top performing systems, and it seems to have proven that thesis to some degree with the existing XPS 600. That said, we didn't receive a single letter from a gamer defending such a point.

The Xbox 360 rules, man, and it has garnered Microsoft some much needed PR points.®

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