Report: Dell phasing out XPS gaming systems

Dell will phase begin phasing out its XPS game computer line next month, leaving Alienware as the sole high-end game desktop PC offering.

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UPDATE: Dell Inc. will begin phasing out its line of XPS desktop game machines, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Alienware gaming system: Dell XPS game PC line ate into Alienware sales
Alienware gaming system: Dell XPS game PC line ate into Alienware sales Alienware

(Note: Dell made a statement Tuesday night--after this article was posted--explaining how Dell's XPS line and Alienware systems will coexist.)

This will effectively leave Alienware as the sole high-end PC game offering from Dell which acquired the Miami-based game system maker in 2006.

Dell's XPS game PC line "ate into" Alienware sales, according to the report.

Alienware competes with brands such as Hewlett-Packard's Vodoo PC line and Falcon Northwest.

Alienware is also expected to bring out redesigned systems based on new materials that go beyond the longstanding Alienware design (photo), according to the report.

Game PCs can cost as little as $1,000 but typically range from $2,000 to $5,000 and feature high-end Intel and AMD quad-core processors and graphics chips from Nvidia and ATI Technologies.