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Free Portal to all Nvidia GeForce owners

Free Portal to all Nvidia GeForce owners

Portal (some of it) is free right now for Nvidia GeForce owners.

Free Portal? Yeah, you heard right. One, or at least part of the most innovative games of 2007 is being given away free by Valve and Nvidia. But, hold on, I hear you cry - hasn't Valve been holding ATI's hand for several years, since it gave away Half Life 2 free with Radeon 9600s?

Well it seems both Valve and Nvidia have been paying keen attention to Steam Surveys and with the significant proportion of GeForce owners out there playing Steam games, Valve got it together with Nvidia too.

Portal: First Slice is classed as an extended demo, so we may be lying when we said a free game... and since Portal is a third of a game in itself you're essentially getting some double digit fraction for free. But, it's still better than leaving your man-bits dangling in a closing dimensional hole.

So, it's not quite free Half Life 2: Orange Box, yet, but all you have to do is download it and the software detects if you're running Nvidia hardware. Just go borrow a mates GeForce for an hour or two (that's generous) then give it back.

"More Steam gamers, including myself, play on NVIDIA hardware than any other GPU," said Doug Lombardi, Vice President of marketing at Valve. "That's a testament to the company's long history of innovation and quality. By working together with NVIDIA to expand our development, distribution, and marketing efforts, we're increasing our ability to serve the millions of NVIDIA customers logging onto Steam and help us prepare for our next generation of content."

So, even the head honcho's at Valve play on Nvidia hardware too. Having both camps supporting you certainly gives Valve an (even more) awesome position - no longer are they tainted by "the way it's meant to be played" Nvidia program or getting generous hand outs by AMD like poster boy, Call of Juarez, subsidising and sponsoring a game it by graphics companies to run better on their hardware (no matter how much its denied).

"Valve's endorsement of our technology and tools is yet another example of how the world's leading gaming companies are working with NVIDIA," said Roy Taylor, vice president of content relations at NVIDIA. "Portal is the hottest new, award-winning title from Valve, and we're delighted that Valve will offer First Slice exclusively to GeForce customers."

As if Nvidia support wasn't good enough already, it certainly looks even better for the future of Valve games. Valve and Nvidia will also be working on Counter-Strike and Team Fortress 2 competitive gaming events together in the future, although there's as yet no specific details about this.

Good news that Nvidia is now on board with Valve? Or a lame attempt at winning some PR by giving away a demo? Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

Update: Game/Life is also reporting that Nvidia owners can enjoy Peggle Extreme, HL2: The Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch as part of the same offer.

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firefly 10th January 2008, 12:35 Quote
Haha, what a brilliant picture to go with the article!
Johnny Bravo 10th January 2008, 13:25 Quote
any chance of a like to the pic? :D
Bauul 10th January 2008, 13:30 Quote
I just kept on stopping reading and going back to look at the photo, lol. Love the little touch of the coloured rims to the coffee mugs.
proxess 10th January 2008, 14:51 Quote
does that mean... even my crappy geforce?!?!
speedfreek 10th January 2008, 15:18 Quote
I put it on my second account because I lend that one out occasionally and use it on my old computer, you just need to login to your steam account on a computer with a nvidia card in it. I run parts from everyone so if an ATI/AMD/Intel/Nvidia thing were to happen I would be covered somewhere.
Mankz 10th January 2008, 16:26 Quote
I can't believe that HL2 has been out that long!

It still looks so amazing!
Dreaming 10th January 2008, 16:31 Quote
So since I've already got the orange box do I get anything free?
iwog 10th January 2008, 17:40 Quote
huh, cant get this to work, keeps saying its registered to another account. Anyone else tried it?
Brett89 10th January 2008, 19:35 Quote
awesome, thanks for the link, and i too love that picture, it made me laugh for a good long while
Sim0n 10th January 2008, 23:02 Quote
Link to the bigger picture, if possible
bahgger 10th January 2008, 23:51 Quote
Hahahaha..

"Better than dangling your man-bits in a closing dimensional hole.."
Yemerich 11th January 2008, 00:23 Quote
This picture is fantastic! Briliant!

Did u guys noticed the blurred thing near the jar? Is that a "valve" or something?
jkeyser14 11th January 2008, 00:25 Quote
Unforunately, I can't get it to work either. Was telling me it was registered to another account at first. Now it's telling me an unexpected error has occured.
Geektechnica 11th January 2008, 02:21 Quote
Hmm wonder if this will work with the old Geforce MX440 pci card I have out in the workshop ? :)
2JSC 11th January 2008, 22:46 Quote
It keeps telling me I already have the game installed... is it any different than Portal that came with the OrangeBox?

***Just read elsewhere - its an extension to the DEMO, not the full game. Dame you valve.
Mr T 12th January 2008, 12:42 Quote
I was disappointed at how short this 'extended demo' is. But what do you expect for free i suppose :)
Xploit 12th January 2008, 12:44 Quote
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