NVIDIA sends word this morning that they’re launching a new GeForce video card game bundle for the late-summer/early-fall timeframe. This time around NVIDIA is partnering with WB Games to get their latest Batman game, Batman: Arkham Origins, included with most desktop NVIDIA cards.

Just as the case was with the outgoing Splinter Cell: Blacklist bundle, the Batman bundle is for the GTX 660 and above, including the complete GTX 700 series, but still excludes NVIDIA’s most expensive cards, GTX 690 and GTX Titan. Meanwhile, as always distribution is being handled at the etailer/retailer level, with the usual cabal of participating etailer and retailers throwing in a voucher for the game with qualifying purchases.

This promo comes nearly two months before the game actually ships - Arkham Origins won’t be released until October 25th – so GeForce video card buyers will have to sit tight for a bit before they can playing the game. The promo itself will run until January 31st, 2014 or until NVIDIA runs out of codes; though it wouldn’t be unheard of for NVIDIA to try to squeeze in one more new bundle program before the year is out.

With regard to graphics and functionality, like the past two past Batman games NVIDIA’s has once again been providing engineering resources to WB Games to enhance the game. The joint NVIDIA/WB Games press release specifically mentions “DirectX tessellation, NVIDIA TXAA antialiasing, soft shadows and various NVIDIA PhysX engine environmental effects, such as cloth, steam and snow” as being additions provided by NVIDIA.

Finally, for GTX 650 series and GTX 700M buyers, a quick check shows that NVIDIA’s has quietly launched a new revision of their $75 Free-To-Play bundle. Replacing the old F2P bundle is a new edition that offers $25 of in-game credits for each of the F2P games Warframe, Neverwinter, and Marvel Heroes. Other than the change in games this bundle is functionally identical to the last bundle, and is set to expire at the end of 2013.

Update: NVIDIA has since put out a press release confirming the existence of the new F2P bundle, and that it's for GeForce 700M and GTX 650 series buyers.

Current NVIDIA Game Bundles
Video Card Bundle
GeForce GTX Titan None
GeForce GTX 690 None
GeForce GTX 700M Series $75 Free-To-Play
GeForce GTX 760/770/780 Batman: Arkham Origins
GeForce GTX 660/660Ti/670/680 Batman: Arkham Origins
GeForce GTX 650 Series $75 Free-To-Play
GeForce GT 640 (& Below) None

 

Source: NVIDIA

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  • marc1000 - Monday, September 02, 2013 - link

    new radeons will be available on a couple weeks, but I needed the best 150W gpu right now. so I went with a gtx660, and the game was a nice bonus. the 7850 is < 150w but is slower, and the 7870/7950 requires more power, so no AMD card would fit for me this time (my case is small and the radeon boards in this clategory are bigger too).

    and I'm a supporter of ATI/AMD, owned 4 radeons in a row until today (9000, x1300, hd3850, hd5770). but this time they took too long to launch new products and the previous family was not as power-efficient as Nvidia. even knowing of dx 11.1 or 11.2 questions, I never had a problem using a DX10 card until recently (it is running on my girlfriend computer right now), so technical detais are not so important. size, power and loudness are more important on the same level of performance.
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  • Loremonger - Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - link

    I have been waiting for this. I did the same deal with Arkham City. I'm going to buy the game anyway. And I always stick to ~$200.00 cards, so it's a pretty good deal in my book. Reply
  • Casecutter - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I not sure the statement the “7850 is < 150w” is accurate. From most inputs I find 7850 were designed as 130W TDP, while the GTX660 is at 140W TDP. Given that you are correct the GTX 660 in factory OC will in most titles out-muster the 7850. But, when you pull power usage from several different title’s you find that Boost clock does change, and if you look at performance/watts for many of those titles there not so much of a difference between what they offer in that matrix.

    But here’s what’s noteworthy as the GTX 660 in most case can’t provide increasing the settings, while not a noticeable difference in game play, although wins in FPS graphs... the obligatory 20% premium exacted isn't as electrifying! You pay more in price and power for little if any difference in the immersive experience. But given the 150W threshold and need for a smaller package, it was the best choice faced with such limitations.
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