Nvidia Offers Batman: AO Free, Expands Shield Availability

Nvidia said on Friday that it is currently working closely with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games Montréal in the development of Batman: Arkham Origins, which is schedule to launch worldwide on October 25. As part of that up-close-and-personal relationship, the publisher has given Nvidia the green light to offer the PC version free to customers who purchase a qualifying GPU.

"The Nvidia Developer Technology Team has been working closely with WB Games Montréal to incorporate an array of cutting-edge Nvidia gaming technologies including DirectX tessellation, Nvidia TXAA antialiasing, soft shadows and various Nvidia PhysX engine environmental effects, such as cloth, steam and snow," states Nvidia's Bryan Del Rizzo. "Combined, these technologies bring the intricately detailed worlds of Gotham to life."

Rizzo said that Nvidia will be unveiling a sneak peek of Batman: Arkham Origins at PAX Prime in Seattle, during the company's stage presentation at the Paramount Theater on Monday, Sept. 2. Additionally, attendees who purchase a qualified bundle from Nvidia's special kiosk will receive one out of a thousand free limited edition Batman lithographs handed out during the show.

Meanwhile, the qualifying GPUs for the Batman: Arkham Origins giveaway include the GTX 660, 660 TI, 670, 680, 760, 770 and 780 graphics cards, which can be purchased here in North America at these online retailers. The offer is good until January 31, 2014, Nvidia said.

In related news, Nvidia said that its Android-based handheld gaming console Shield just received an over-the-air update that enables some game and app files to be moved over to an SD card. The update also improves Miracast streaming, and adds additional PC games to its current roster of titles that can be streamed to the handheld from a Kepler-based desktop.

The company also announced that Shield is now available to purchase in 500 GameStop stores across the country. To find the latest location near you, tell Nvidia where you live after clicking this link.

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  • joaompp
    Unless the customer is concerned with power usage or performance per watt, this really isn't competitive with AMD's Reloaded program, other than the fact it's a newer game, which AMD will have come fall with their new GPUs
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  • jimmysmitty
    The thing I hate about PhysX is that it can all be done on software physics engines such as HavoK which is universal since NVidia doesn't like to let anyone else use PhysX unless its a all NVidia GPU system.

    That's just annoying.

    Either way already pre-ordered it on Steam and nothing NVidia has right now is worth the cost vs what I already have. I will wait till the next step instead of mostly rehashed stuff.
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  • edogawa
    149725 said:
    The thing I hate about PhysX is that it can all be done on software physics engines such as HavoK which is universal since NVidia doesn't like to let anyone else use PhysX unless its a all NVidia GPU system. That's just annoying. Either way already pre-ordered it on Steam and nothing NVidia has right now is worth the cost vs what I already have. I will wait till the next step instead of mostly rehashed stuff.


    I see people complain about Physx being Nvidia only all the time, but that is business, you have to differentiate yourself from the competition and be competitive.
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