updated 12:35 pm EDT, Wed May 14, 2008
Dell denies XPS phase-out
Dell has no plans to eliminate its XPS line of computers, a company representative says. On Monday the Wall Street Journal reported that Dell intends to phase out four of its XPS gaming systems, on the basis that they are eating into sales of its newly-bought Alienware division. Dell is said to be in tough financial circumstances, having lost its former dominance in PC sales to chief rival HP. In April the company revealed plans to fire at least 8,800 people, and close its desktop manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas.
According to Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden however, the XPS line of systems is not disappearing. Instead the company merely plans to "invest like crazy" in the development of Alienware, and merge its XPS and Alienware teams together. Camden in fact notes that XPS systems will be refreshed in the future, although they have been expanding into non-gaming niches such as all-in-one computers.