NVIDIA introduces the BattleBox concept; a PC meant to deliver the ultimate performance specifications for the most demanding PC users.
With PC gaming just recently moving away from its extended but minor stereoscopic hangover, it was time for something else to captivate audiences. NVIDIA would like you to believe that 4K monitors, regardless of their technological immaturity, are the next frontier and in order to push this vision forward, they’ve teamed up with system builders to build the ultimate gaming rigs.
The issues with gaming at 4K resolutions are obvious: the 3840×2160 resolution requires the same horsepower as four standard 1080P panels combined. Considering today’s SLI and Crossfire setups can barely reach playable framerates in triple monitor setups with the highest in-game detail settings, 4K poses a unique challenge.
The only way to overcome the high resolution demands is to throw a ton of very expensive hardware at the problem and that’s what BattleBox is all about. Certified systems will come equipped with a GTX 780 or TITAN SLI setup alongside other suitably high-end components. The price? They start at $2500 and can be equipped to over $6000, and that’s without a 4K monitor. However, some of them are quite enticing like Maingear’s micro-ATX sized Fragbox which is compact and packs in some serious gaming hardware. Others are slightly more basic in their approach but for anyone that finds self-assembly too daunting, these could be excellent choices.
When taken at face value, the BattleBox is simply a set of specifications thrown in with a fancy marketing term which is meant to entice gamers. Will it work? Only time will tell but we actually see this concept being useful for several of NVIDIA’s upcoming games rather than 4K. In an effort to compete against AMD’s Gaming Evolved program and set their own initiatives on the path to recovery, NVIDIA has some major titles coming down the pipeline. Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Watch_Dogs will all feature DX11 alongside advanced NVIDIA-exclusive features like HBAO+, TXAA and PhysX.
New AMD cards may be on the horizon but NVIDIA is doing everything within their power to ensure the GeForce product lineup and positioning remains strong. So, expect the BattleBox to be just one initiative in what is shaping up to be an interesting holiday shopping season.