As we enter the AAA blockbuster season and leave the avalanche of GPU releases behind us, we are beginning to see the first game bundles approach. Those considering an upgrade, but perhaps not quite convinced thus far, may see an enticing offer sway them over in these coming months.

Kicking off this week is a new bundle for high-end cards that will see Microsoft's upcoming Gears of War 4 bundled with GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 graphics cards, including notebook variations thereof. Interestingly, this title is one of Microsoft's first AAA "Xbox Play Anywhere" games, which means purchasing (or in this case, receiving) a game allows it to be played on either the PC or the Xbox One. Along these lines, the game is receiving a simultaneous launch on both platforms on October 11th, nearly 10 years after the original's Xbox 360 release.

Interesting features here will be cross-platform online campaign co-op, cross-platform online Horde mode gameplay and platform specific competitive multiplayer.  Of course it is worth noting the PC version provides enhanced graphics and supports 4K and 21:9 resolutions. Along with this we have the usual gamut of graphics options we’ve become accustomed to such as lighting, Anti-Aliasing, and texture settings with GeForce Experience available for those who don’t want to tinker.

It's worth noting that Microsoft's official "recommended" spec calls for either the GeForce GTX 1060 or the Radeon RX 480, which NVIDIA says is good for 1440p. Meanwhile for those gamers receiving the game as part of the GeForce bundle, the GTX 1080 meets Microsoft's "ideal" (4K) specification, and the GTX 1070 won't be far behind. Otherwise, as is usually the case, this bundle isn't being extended to the top-tier Titan X Pascal, nor is NVIDIA running any bundles with the GTX 1060 at this time.

NVIDIA Current Game Bundles
Video Card Bundle
GeForce GTX Titan X (Pascal) None
GeForce GTX 1080/1070 Gears of War 4
GeForce GTX 1060 None
GeForce GTX Titan X None
GeForce GTX 980Ti/980/970 None
GeForce GTX 960/950 Indie Games Bundle
GeForce GTX 1080/1070 Notebooks Gears of War 4
GeForce GTX 980 For Notebooks None
GeForce GTX 980M/970M None
GeForce GTX 960M/950M  Indie Games Bundle

This offer will run from now until October 30, 2016 or until supplies last. There are a couple of important notes to keep in mind though. This game is only available on Windows 10 Anniversary Update, hence customers will be able to redeem the code, but unable to view or download it on any previous version of Windows. Also, shoppers are encouraged to verify that a seller is participating in this bundle before buying, since NVIDIA cannot give codes to those that didn’t purchase from participating retailers/etailers.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • Kevin G - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    "the GTX 1070 meets Microsoft's "ideal" (4K) specification, and the GTX 1070 won't be far behind"

    I'm pretty sure GTX 1070 vs GTX 1070 results in a tie. I think there is a typo here.
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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    I guess they realized that a Paragon in-game monies bundle for GTX 1070s and 1080s didn't sound appealing to the end user, as MOBAs aren't typically resource intensive. This kind of bundle makes a lot more sense, but I don't use Windows 10, so I wouldn't personally care for it. Reply
  • IdBuRnS - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    "I guess they realized that a Paragon in-game monies bundle for GTX 1070s and 1080s didn't sound appealing to the end user,"

    It was more appealing than the shitty War of Boats coupon I got with my 1070 2 weeks ago. :facepalm:
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  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    I've been waiting for a good bundle before getting a new gpu and it sucks that this isn't a steam code.

    I know it's drm, but I love muh steam.
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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    There's something appealing to just having a large library of software all through one portal (steam), and knowing that the majority of new titles heading to PC will eventually be on it. I don't like using anything but steam, myself, either. Reply
  • Michael Bay - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    I get progressively more paranoid about Steam as I add titles to it. Doesn`t help that there are literally three or four actually good games a year now. Reply
  • milkod2001 - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    I found GTX 1070 to be great GPU but with RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE $379 to actual selling price in EU at around €500 NV and vendors can keep it. It is a joke.

    GTX 1080 is even worse value.
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  • Michael Bay - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    Market reacts to demand, what did you expect exactly? Reply
  • blzd - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    They should bundle something in the $40 range for the 1060, perhaps Shadow Warrior 2 (4 player co-op) which comes out soon.

    Prices on the 1060 3GB and 6GB have been looking quite good already but that would really sweeten the deal versus the RX 480.
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