Nvidia has unveiled its official answer to rival AMD's 'Never Settle' package: in-game currency for free-to-play titles including upcoming multiplayer mech blaster Hawken.
AMD's most recent upgrade to its Never Settle bundle, announced earlier this month
, is likely to tempt plenty of upgraders over to the red camp: depending on the model purchased, buyers get between two and eight triple-A titles including Crysis 3 and BioShock Infinite. While the best games are, naturally, reserved for the more expensive cards, it's still a pretty good offer - and a quick glance at the forum marketplace shows a few people making use of the bundle to reduce the cost of their upgrade by selling the codes on.
Nvidia's equivalent, announced by the company late last night, isn't quite so impressive. Rather than bundling triple-A titles with its cards - and with most publishers likely to have agreed at least timed exclusivity with AMD as part of the Never Settle bundle terms - the company is instead concentrating elsewhere. Specifically, on free-to-play titles.
Now, giving away a free-to-play title with a graphics card isn't exactly a great deal: they are, after all, free to play. What Nvidia is doing instead is to offer in-game currency for a selection of the most popular and anticipated free-to-play titles, allowing Nvidia gamers to gain an edge over their AMD-equipped rivals without having to spend any real-world cash of their own.
Three free-to-play titles have been chosen to form the bundle: World of Tanks, Planetside 2 and Hawken. The deal sees buyers of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 and GeForce GTX 650 Ti receive £48 of in-game credit split between the three games in the form of 2,050 gold and one month premium membership to World of Tanks, the Gear Up Pack - comprising Infantry Camo, Weapon Camo, an exclusive gun, a seven-day boost to experience gained and a seven-day resource boost equivalent to 2,500 in Station Cash - in Planetside 2 and 3,600 Meteor Credits in Hawken.
The buyers of more expensive GeForce GTX 660 cards, and anything higher, will see that offer extended to £99 of in-game credit split as 7,500 gold and the same month's premium membership to World of Tanks, the Premium Gear Up Pack - comprising the same contents as the non-Premium version with the addition of Vehicle Camo, and a seven-day boost to squad experience and resources for a total equivalence to 5,000 Station Cash - for Planetside 2 and 7,200 Meteor Credits in Hawken.
Additionally, those who have not yet joined World of Tanks will see a bonus of either 1,500 gold for the GeForce GTX 650 and GTX 650 Ti bundle or 2,500 gold for the GTX 660 or above bundle. As with AMD's Never Settle bundle, the deal is valid in the UK along with the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia when a board is purchased from a participating retailer.
Whether in-game credits for free-to-play titles will be enough to tempt buyers away from AMD's Never Settle bundle, however, remains to be seen.