Banning the sale of gaming computers in many US states for this reason

New energy regulations in California, Oregon and Washington prevent companies and malls from sending powerful gaming PCs to their customers in the middle of 2021.

Wanting to play DOOM Eternal in 4K and 144 FPS isn’t a necessity, but it’s one of the reasons why you get out of bed every morning with a smile. Or at least there are several million gamers in the United States who think so.

Unfortunately, many of these gamers will find an unpleasant surprise when they see that their dream computer, which they’ve had in the cart for weeks waiting to buy it, won’t be delivered to their homes because of a new one: power regulations.

Or so it is advertised in the US media, where the Dell case is one of those that has come to the fore by canceling shipments of its most powerful computers to certain states in the country.


Dell confirmed that this action was taken because of the new energy regulation from the California Energy Commission. Whereas, Level 2 implementation sets a mandatory standard for energy efficiency for computers, laptops, and portable gaming systems.

This regulation went into effect on July 1, 2021 and only affects California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington, which are states that prohibit shipments of this type of device.

The Natural Resources Defense Council calculated that California’s regulations would save more than 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually (the equivalent of consuming all San Francisco homes in one year) and avoid emitting 730,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.