Nvidia Announces GameWorks Program, New Holiday Bundles
Nvidia took the wraps off of two new initiatives today — GameWorks and a new holiday bundle plan. GameWorks is a new partnership between Nvidia and certain game developers that essentially puts Nvidia engineers at the disposal of game studios.
From the Nvidia Blogs page (emphasis added):
GameWorks puts NVIDIA’s tools and technologies – and some of our best engineers – into studios building games that push the boundaries of what’s possible.
At its heart are more than 300 world-class NVIDIA engineers, with thousands of years of collective experience, working at the cutting edge of the art and science of gaming.
We’ve dispatched our engineers to work onsite with top game developers and add effects, tweak performance, fix bugs, and train developers in open standards and work hand-in-hand with our game laboratory.
Here are some of the upcoming games that are part of the GameWorks program, along with the features that Nvidia played a key role in developing;
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will feature God Rays, which allow game makers to paint beams of light that illuminate a scene from above; horizon-based ambient occlusion + (HBAO+) for more detailed and realistic shadows around objects that obstruct rays of light; percentage-closer soft shadows (PCSS) for more lifelike contact hardening shadows; and temporal anti-aliasing (TXAA) for smoother edges.
- Batman: Arkham Origins is built with support for GPU PhysX for realistic turbulence, particle and cloth effects, NVIDIA Bokeh & Depth of Field technologies for cool camera effects, HBAO+, PCSS, and TXAA.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts will feature GPU PhysX for more realistic turbulence and particle effects, TXAA, and HBAO+.
The second part of Nvidia’s grand master plan: New Free Games! Starting October 28th, every GTX 660 and GX 760 will come with free copies of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Those who opt for more power in the GTX 770, 780, and Titan models will net the aforementioned titles, as well as a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins. All five cards are dangerous at their respective price points, and free games only sweeten the deal.
Last but not least: Nvidia will shave $50-$100 off the purchase price of their Shield handheld if you buy one along with select GeForce GPUs.
AMD has already announced that select R9 card SKUs will ship with a free copy of Battlefield 4, which, on top of the current Never Settle Reloaded offerings, makes for some difficult choices this Fall.