Nvidia discusses next-generation graphics, new development software SDKs, and games at its Montreal event
We had the chance to check out Nvidia's The Way It's Meant to be Played 2013 event in Montreal, Canada. The two-day editor's event officially kicked off today and centered around the company's new promising game development tools which the green team asserts will usher in truly next-generation graphics. New graphical features like "Flame Works" and "FLEX" were announced along with improvements to existing tools like PhysX and more.
Nvidia is hosting a two-day press event in Montreal, but it's AMD that's stealing some of the headlines. The Sunnyvale chip designer decided to crash Nvidia's party by setting up shop in a hotel across the street to showcase its Radeon R9 290X graphics card and compare benchmarks against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 part. It's a brazen tactic and we hear Nvidia isn't real happy with AMD's stunt, but GPU politics aside, we have some benchmarks AMD is allowing the media to share.
Nvidia wants to help grow your games collection when you purchase select GeForce GTX graphics cards. Games that are up for grabs include Assassins's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Splinter Cell Blacklist. In addition, you can save up to $100 off the purchase of an Nvidia Shield handheld. This is all part of Nvidia's new GeForce GTX Holiday Bundle, which is is available in two different tiers. Let's have a look.
Valve confirms Steam boxes will also support Intel and AMD
When Valve finally unwrapped the specs of the 300 beta Steam Machines last week, many assumed that Nvidia would have a lock on Valve’s Linux-based gaming machines. Today though, Valve broke cover yet again telling us that Steam Machines would support the three primary graphics vendors today.
It seems like we're always saying it's a great time to be a PC gamer, and certainly that holds true today. Part of what makes that true right now is a series of price cuts by Nvidia on a handful of graphics cards, including the company's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB, GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB, and GeForce GTX 660. Many Boost cards come with a $75 in-game credit voucher, and most 660s come with a voucher for a free copy of Batman Arkham Origins, while supplies last.
Well now, here's an interesting development. We received a note from Kevin Wasielewski, co-founder and CEO of boutique system builder Origin PC, alerting us that his company is no longer offering customers an option to configure rigs with AMD graphics cards. All traces of AMD brand GPUs are being removed from the website, and from here on out, Origin PC is dealing exclusively with Nvidia for graphics. Supposedly this isn't a marketing ploy, but a decision that was made for a number of reasons.
Watch Dogs is shaping up to be a huge game and Nvidia seems to agree. They’ve spent around $5 million to finalize a deal with Ubisoft to give Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4 PC-exclusive effects and features.
If you’re holding out for Watch Dogs or Assassin’s Creed 4 on a PC running an Nvidia card, this is great news. Expect better performance and maybe even 4K textures. We know that we’re looking forward to Watch Dogs after seeing the amazing DedSec trailer at Gamescom 2013.
All GeForce GTX owners playing BF4 should install these drivers, Nvidia says
You should always be cautious about installing beta software, and if it's a mission critical system you're dealing with, we'd advise against running any pre-release code just because you never know what kind of stability issues may need to be ironed out. At the same time, if you're GeForce GTX owner who plans on jumping in the Battlefield 4 beta (it opens to the public tomorrow), Nvidia says it's essential you install its 331.40 beta driver.
You're going to hear a lot more about 4K resolutions in 2014. More and more, we're starting to see 4K monitors and televisions trickle into the marketplace, but as far as PC gaming is concerned, not all hardware supports running games smoothly at Ultra HD. To take the guesswork out of it, boutique system builder Origin PC has partnered with GPU maker Nvidia to design and build 4K gaming-ready "BattleBox" systems.
The red team says that with Mantle, its new flagship GPU will “ridicule” the GeForce Titan
With AMD unveiling its new series of GPUs, many gamers want to know how well it performs, namely against Nvidia’s flagship GeForce GTX Titan graphics card.
We had a chance to sit down with AMD Product Manager Devon Nekechuck to see how AMD’s new top dog R9 290X stacks up against the green team’s best single-GPU offering. According to Nekechuck, even though the R9 290X uses a 438 square mm die, which is significantly smaller than the Titan’s GK110 offering, which measures in at 550 square mm, it “will definitely compete with the 780 and Titan.” When we asked what this means in real-world terms, he stated, “with Battlefield 4 running with Mantel (AMD’s new graphics API), the card will be able to ‘ridicule’ the Titan in terms of performance.”