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AMD Clarifies Radeon R9 Battlefield 4 Never Settle Bundle

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Unfortunately, Battlefield 4 isn't going to be universally available for all AMD Radeon R9 GPU buyers.

Gamers looking to pick up a Radeon R9 series graphics card who are also interested in Battlefield 4 will be wise to know that its inclusion in the Never Settle Forever is not like the rest of AMD's game offers. Unfortunately for some early adopters, it appears that the Battlefield offer will not be anywhere near universal. AMD sent over a statement clarifying the situation:

While all AMD Radeon R9 series cards are theoretically eligible for the promotion (which is administered by AMD’s channel partners), retailers and add-in-board partners ultimately decide which select AMD Radeon R9 SKUs will include a copy of BF4.
 
As with all limited promotions, it’s important that customers ensure that the specific product they’re purchasing qualifies for the promotion, and that they’re buying from a participating retailer during the promotion period.  Also, it is critical to note that this promotion is only valid while supplies last.
 
To make it easier for our community to identify bundled products, BF4-qualifying SKUs and promotions of which AMD is aware will be posted on the portal below over the coming days and weeks, as soon as AMD is advised of their activation by its channel partners.  Check http://www.amd.com/battlefield4 for more details and for full promotion terms and conditions.
 
Here are two links with the Battlefield 4-enabled SKUs:
XFX: http://xfxforce.com/en-us/features/battlefield-4-r9-launch.aspx
Sapphire: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2088&leg=0
 
We’ve also received many inquiries via email and through Facebook and Twitter from customers who have already purchased an AMD Radeon R9 series graphics card, and are inquiring if the BF4 bundle will be made retroactive. Due to contractual agreements with EA/Dice, AMD was unable to make the BF4 promotion available before November 13th.  However, as a gesture of goodwill towards our loyal fans, AMD will be giving away 1000 BF4 codes through our social media channels over the coming weeks.  Details will be available soon at www.facebook.com/amdgaming and on www.twitter.com/amdradeon.

AMD did not provide a reason for why Battlefield 4 is being handled so differently. Based on AMD's comment about "contractual agreements with EA/Dice," it's entirely possible that EA put greater stipulations on how widely Battlefield 4 could be distributed in a bundle.

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    ninjustin , November 15, 2013 11:10 AM
    I bought a 7950 right before AMD offered their first Never Settle Bundle. Was I pissed? No. I bought the product I bought. Don't rush out and buy something and be pissed when a better deal comes around. That is always going to happen eventually.
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    m32 , November 15, 2013 12:22 PM
    I guess I'm one of the few people that reads the product page.... If it doesn't have the deal on the page then I assume that it doesn't come with it. I can't see someone who is into tech getting fooled. I doubt non-techies were even effect because they most likely don't even visit sites like this to even hear about the deal. You only had what??? One day till it was cleared up....

    People just love to get pissed off about nothing.

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    Meh !! when i heard their previous announcement(about BF4 Game bundle) i'm so exicited and have a plan to buy that card,but now they broke my heart...so i had no choice but to give my money to GTX 780 and got free Batman AO,AC Black Flag and splinter cell..Good Bye AMD


    So you bought the 780 yesterday? Stop trolling. AMD is the only reason you have those free games & price tag anyway. Be thankful for competition for when you go with the red or green team.
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    rolli59 , November 15, 2013 9:29 AM
    Well never buy anything based on rumors, there will be a lot of pissed off people but with out having an voucher in your hands how can you expect that you bought the product.
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    Avus , November 15, 2013 10:06 AM
    I let people beta test the video card and the game for some more... specially that "crashy" EA game...
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    vmem , November 15, 2013 10:10 AM
    I don't get people who complain "I bought my card too weeks again, I demand some backwards redemption of my BF4 code!!!"... they do realize that AMD is bundling in BF4 to boost R9 series sales AFTER it has slowed down right?
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    internetlad , November 15, 2013 10:12 AM
    On the upside, now they don't have to deal with Origin!
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    Jordan Nwokolo , November 15, 2013 10:24 AM
    Meh !! when i heard their previous announcement(about BF4 Game bundle) i'm so exicited and have a plan to buy that card,but now they broke my heart...so i had no choice but to give my money to GTX 780 and got free Batman AO,AC Black Flag and splinter cell..Good Bye AMD
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    azzazel_99 , November 15, 2013 10:38 AM
    Lol another amd fail.
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    ninjustin , November 15, 2013 11:10 AM
    I bought a 7950 right before AMD offered their first Never Settle Bundle. Was I pissed? No. I bought the product I bought. Don't rush out and buy something and be pissed when a better deal comes around. That is always going to happen eventually.
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    FreyjasChosen , November 15, 2013 11:20 AM
    So I bought an R9 280X one week before they announced this, and they're appreciating that by passing out Facebook keys that are gone in a split second? Bullshit.
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    m32 , November 15, 2013 12:22 PM
    I guess I'm one of the few people that reads the product page.... If it doesn't have the deal on the page then I assume that it doesn't come with it. I can't see someone who is into tech getting fooled. I doubt non-techies were even effect because they most likely don't even visit sites like this to even hear about the deal. You only had what??? One day till it was cleared up....

    People just love to get pissed off about nothing.

    Quote:
    Meh !! when i heard their previous announcement(about BF4 Game bundle) i'm so exicited and have a plan to buy that card,but now they broke my heart...so i had no choice but to give my money to GTX 780 and got free Batman AO,AC Black Flag and splinter cell..Good Bye AMD


    So you bought the 780 yesterday? Stop trolling. AMD is the only reason you have those free games & price tag anyway. Be thankful for competition for when you go with the red or green team.
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    Thomzey , November 15, 2013 12:35 PM
    "So I bought an R9 280X one week before they announced this, and they're appreciating that by passing out Facebook keys that are gone in a split second? Bullshit."

    They are doing it randomly though the AMD Gaming Evolved app not on FB or twitter
    but it still sucks that people who brought the cards before this bundle was available don't get codes for being loyal fans, but i guess that's just how it works, so stop complaining.
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    jurassic512 , November 15, 2013 2:25 PM
    AMD probably changed their mind when they started seeing all the people that are having problems with the game as far as the crashing, bugs and glitches are concerned. BF4 is the worst AAA title game release... ever.
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    azzazel_99 , November 15, 2013 3:12 PM
    Only problem I have encountered thats even REALLY considered a problem is the crashes in mp. Other then that its just the usual crap that hits most games IMO.
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    derekullo , November 15, 2013 5:54 PM
    I bought a geforce 3 15 years ago and now they are dirt cheap. I am so pissed ...
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    Darkk , November 15, 2013 10:40 PM
    This is roll of the dice. Sometimes you win...sometimes you don't. The important thing is you still end up with an awesome video card.
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    azzazel_99 , November 16, 2013 3:11 AM
    Ohhhhhhhh So thats what the kids are calling the new amd cards. I had a totally different name for them lol.
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    Roger Rogers , November 16, 2013 5:00 PM
    I dont know of a single graphics card sold in all of Japan that gets any `Free` game; and every card is more expensive here than almost anywhere else I know.
    No worries. Life is full of swings and roundabouts.
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    IndustryStandard , November 18, 2013 3:35 PM
    My TV is now $200 cheaper, less than a year later. I demand compensation.
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    Roger Rogers , November 18, 2013 5:53 PM
    Quote:
    My TV is now $200 cheaper, less than a year later. I demand compensation.


    If rental charge is a dollar a day. :heink: 

    Do they think you owe $165.... :pt1cable:  ?



    ($200 as part of 365 days per a year)
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    nachochease , November 19, 2013 5:22 AM
    I'm one of those who bought a R9 280X specifically so I could play BF4. I don't really feel bitter, but I can understand why a lot of people do. One of the most anticipated games of the year is due to be released, AMD releases a slew of new video cards just ahead of that games launch, and then three weeks later their like "oh yeah, now if you buy one of those video cards we'll throw in BF4 for free."

    Now it seems clear that this was a dick move by EA, which doesn't surprise me. There's no way AMD would want to piss off their customers like this. Now the next time AMD releases a new video card, everyone's going to hold off buying it in the belief that a better deal may be just around the corner.
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    jdon , November 19, 2013 7:21 AM
    @Roger Rogers,

    Naw, his set is worth $180 since it's been used for a year, he's still got $15 to whine about! XD :p 
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