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Nvidia Releases New Driver Ahead Of 'Call Of Duty Black Ops III' Release (Updated)

It seems the holiday season just kicked off, with Nvidia releasing a game-ready driver to coincide with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III this Friday. In addition, the company announced that it would offer a prize pool of over $100,000 worth of graphics cards, games or Shield Android TV boxes for registered GeForce Experience users who download game-ready drivers this holiday season.

Nvidia's new driver, version 358.87, is the latest game-ready driver for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Nvidia seems to be delivering these crucial drivers earlier than expected lately. The company is also touting that it will continue to deliver game-ready drivers on or before launch day for several upcoming AAA titles including Fallout 4, Assasin’s Creed: Syndicate, Civilization Online, Just Cause 3, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, and Star Wars Battlefront, just to name a few.

In addition, Nvidia announced that registered GeForce Experience users who download these game-ready drivers using the company's optimization and video capture program will automatically be eligible to win prizes that include GTX 980ti, GTX 960 and GTX 950 graphics cards, games and Shield TVs. This seems like a pretty sweet deal in exchange for a few minutes of downloading and installing patches, although the frequency of the updates (considering the amount of games coming out this holiday) may make this seem tedious to some.

Nvidia was not specific with the contest terms, simply stating that the company is offering prizes "now" to registered Geforce Experience users. If we had to guess, this contest will persist through the holiday season, likely ending in early January or late December. However, users must download the drivers via the Geforce Experience software while logged in to their Nvidia account to be eligible.

Nvidia's commitment to providing game-ready drivers for AAA game titles for its customer base on or before launch day seems to offer some reassurance to PC enthusiasts, who may feel disenfranchised by the recent slew of painful PC game launches (or in some cases, relaunches) that seem to make day-one performance and compatibility issues an unfortunate expectation.

Although these problems can sometimes be less about driver compatibility and more about shoddy development, it's somewhat comforting to know Nvidia is dedicated to giving its customers the best experience possible for day-one PC game launches. Also, who can resist free swag?

You can download Nvidia's latest driver manually here, but seriously, with the opportunity to win over $100K in prizes, you may want to consider using GeForce Experience if you haven't already.

Updated, 11/5/2015, 1:30pm CT: A change was made to clarify the known contest terms and conditions.

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  • TechyInAZ
    Sweet deal. So do we have to use the game capture to win a prize? Or are we still eligible if we just install the game ready drivers via GeForce experience?
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  • kewlguy239
    16894046 said:
    Sweet deal. So do we have to use the game capture to win a prize? Or are we still eligible if we just install the game ready drivers via GeForce experience?

    Your second guess is correct. Simply download the game-ready drivers via the Geforce Experience software, and you're eligible!
    Reply
  • monsta
    Great to see this proactive approach to drivers for new releases.
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  • Dunlop0078
    So im eligible if I download the driver right now? Im a bit confused because pcworld said this at the bottom of the article I linked below "Nvidia didn’t announce exactly when the giveaway kicks-off or when it will end." And it doesn't say anything in geforce experience about it that I can find. Also to people that dont know I believe you need a nvidia account, if it says not logged in at the top right of your geforce experience app you need to make an account before you are eligible.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/3000782/software-games/nvidia-readies-game-ready-driver-flood-100k-in-prizes-for-geforce-experience-push.html
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  • toddybody
    LONG time nVidia user...

    I think the plans to withhold game-ready drivers from non-GeForce Experience users is pretty lame. Not only did I have to muck with w10's desire to auto manage drivers for me, now I need ANOTHER SW utility to manage something that's pretty basic. If I want GeForce Experience for game optimization, recording, etc...I'll download it.
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  • 17seconds
    The most interesting news regarding Nvidia driver releases is this one:

    New NVIDIA GeForce driver 358.66 shows Vulkan Pascal and Volta supporthttp://www.guru3d.com/news-story/new-nvidia-geforce-driver-358-66-shows-vulkan-pascal-and-volta-support.html
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  • BulkZerker
    "Guies, there's a new game using a six year old engine! Quick, optimistise for it!"

    Toms, can you please, please do a back to back comparison of the new driver vs an older version? My snake oil sense is tingling something fierce.
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  • kiniku
    "Guies, there's a new game using a six year old engine! Quick, optimistise for it!"

    Toms, can you please, please do a back to back comparison of the new driver vs an older version? My snake oil sense is tingling something fierce.
    Sure. Since every game that uses the same engine is exactly the same. Brilliant.
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  • red77star
    I love how Nvidia skips Microsoft WHQL bullshit and delivers regular updates to their drivers.
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  • kewlguy239
    The most interesting news regarding Nvidia driver releases is this one:

    New NVIDIA GeForce driver 358.66 shows Vulkan Pascal and Volta supporthttp://www.guru3d.com/news-story/new-nvidia-geforce-driver-358-66-shows-vulkan-pascal-and-volta-support.html

    Although that is very interesting driver news, these notes do not apply to this driver release, version 358.87. After scouring the patch notes for this article from top to bottom, no new information concerning Vulkan, Pascal or Volta support was disclosed or even mentioned.

    I personally can't wait for Pascal and Vulkan, but past that previous driver release you mentioned, it doesn't seem Nvidia is gearing up for a debut anytime soon.
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