Taking a page from AMD’s book, NVIDIA is now offering up a generous helping of upcoming games with their GeForce cards.
Many expected some significant price drops on NVIDIA’s part in order to compete with AMD’s R9 280X and R9 270X. That would mean addressing the current positioning of the GTX 760 and GTX 770 but instead of focusing purely on card cost, NVIDIA’s plan is to offer some significant gaming bundles with their offerings. The GTX 780 and TITAN are also part of this new promotion which bodes well for their appeal against AMD’s upcoming R9 290X and R9 290.
By leveraging the strong The Way It’s Meant to Be Played holiday lineup, NVIDIA will be giving away a combination of Splinter Cell Blacklist, Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. That’s actually quite impressive since two of those games aren’t even released yet and have some serious appeal for gamers since they’re part of AAA franchises.
Naturally, there’s a breakdown to this whole scheme as well. The TITAN, GTX 780 and GTX 770 will receive download codes for all three titles: Splinter Cell Blacklist, Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. This will be backed up by $100 off SHIELD.
Moving downmarket a bit, we come to the GTX 760, GTX 680, GTX 670 and GTX 660. While some of these may be considered “older” cards, as we saw in our recent R9 270X and R7 260X review, they’re still highly competitive. Adding some more appeal to their equation, NVIDIA will be including Splinter Cell Blacklist and Batman: Arkham Origins alongside a $50 rebate for SHIELD.
Now that we’ve seen how NVIDIA expects SHIELD to operate as a virtual console in a larger entertainment environment through its “Console Mode”, the rebates for it make sense. Will this actually spark sales and more interest in its capabilities? That remains to be seen.
NVIDIA is hoping these steps will allow them to better compete from a perceptual price / performance standpoint against AMD’s newer cards. It should be interesting to see if that goal is eventually achieved.