Nvidia has also jumped into the ring with their own bundle incentives on each of their cards. Earlier this week the chip manufacturing firm announced an offering of up to $150 game credits for three of the most popular free-to-play games out there right now – Planetside 2, Hawken and World of Tanks.
Here’s how it goes. On purchasing either a GeForce GTX 650 or GTX 650ti, you will receive a $25 credit for each of the above-mentioned games. If you go for their higher-end GPUs and purchase a GeForce GTX 660 or above, then you will receive $50 credit for each game.
As an example, in PlanetSide 2 the lower-tier cards will enable you to get the ‘Gear Up’ pack, which includes the following:
- Infantry Camo
- Weapon Camo
- Exclusive Gun
- 7 Day XP Boost
- 7 Day Resource Boost (equivalent to 2500 Station Cash)
While the higher-end purchase will net you the ‘Premium Gear Up’ pack, which includes all the above plus a Vehicle Camo, 7 Day Squad XP and Resource Boost, and a 7 Day Resource Boost, equivalent to 5000 Station Cash.
This new bundle is obviously a reply to AMD’s “Never Settle: Reloaded” game bundle that was announced last week. While Nvidia has decided to tackle the free-to-play world, AMD outlined their plans to offer triple-A titles with newly purchased Radeon 7800 and 7900 cards.
At first glance AMD’s bundle definitely seems more attractive. On purchasing their high-end 7900 series card you instantly get access codes for the new Crysis 3 and BioShock Infinite. That’s more than a $100 bundled with the purchase for free. However, most people only give time to one Free-to-play game. I doubt anyone would be playing all three of them, or even two. Hence, the $150 worth of free-credits ultimately gets thumbed down because you’ll only be using $50 of the said amount.
That said, one shouldn’t forget the massive attention free-to-play games are getting these days. It would be interesting to see which bundle comes out on top in the coming days.