Nvidia Announces Game Bundles in Reply to AMD
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.