On July 28th, computer manufacturer Dell Technologies Inc. announced it would stop shipping some versions of PC gaming systems to six states. This includes California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
The shipments have stopped because the products do not meet energy efficiency standards. These regulations apply to certain Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 gaming PCs.
“This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington due to power consumption regulations adopted by those states,” the company website states before customization. “Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled.”
California’s toughened energy efficiency laws took effect July 1st. These new regulations aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while lowering electricity bills.
The Profit‘s Take:
This is completely ridiculous. Wasteful bureaucracy. Wouldn’t it be scary if this leads us to a dystopian future where gamers aren’t allowed to have power-hungry PCs? A world without high-powered GPUs is not a world I want to live in.