Dell Readies Renegade Gaming PC

LAS VEGAS -- Attempting to steal some thunder from Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console, Dell Chairman Michael Dell launched a new, graphics-intensive PC built especially for computer gaming at the International Consumer Electronics Show here.

In a keynote address at the show, Dell introduced the XPS 600 Renegade, a colorfully airbrushed box containing four graphics processing units (GPUs) and other advanced technology to maximize PC gamers' experience to an "extreme" degree, Dell said.

The XPS 600 Renegade can provide "three times the resolution of the Xbox high-definition games," he said. The hardware surface of the new PC also has been airbrushed with a lavish design by artist Michael Lavallee, Dell said.

The XPS 600 Renegade is a new version of the current XPS 600, which already is one of the leading PCs for gamers on the market, according to Dell.

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Dell said that 40 percent of PC users are gamers, and providing the best possible experience possible is important in competing for gamers' attention against popular gaming consoles such as the Xbox. He said the PC is becoming the "center of the home entertainment experience."

The XPS 600 Renegade will be available during spring in the U.S., which is generally considered March to June.

Also during the keynote, Dell introduced a new monitor, the Dell UltraSharp 30-inch Monitor. Additionally, Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell's product group, appeared on stage to show off a new concept notebook the company is considering for production. The notebook has a 20-inch screen and an integrated handle for easy carrying.

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