From time to time companies bundle the latest games with their hardware in a bid to attract attention of gamers and to make their products more competitive. Such promotions are mutually beneficial: for gamers, it is a good way to upgrade and save some money on titles, while for companies it is an efficient way to increase sales. Recently AMD and Samsung have launched campaigns that add a free digital copy of various digital games with their products, including Civilization VI, Doom and Watch_Dogs 2.
Update 11/22: NVIDIA has launched its own promotion, which will add Watch_Dogs 2 to select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics cards and notebooks featuring these GPUs.
AMD: Get Civilization VI and Doom for Free
Running from October 27 to January 27 (or when AMD runs out of Doom codes), the chipmaker working with the usual etailers (Amazon, Newegg, etc) to include a voucher for Doom as a motherboard bundle. This bundle covers most AM3+ motherboards, but it also covers top-to-bottom AMD systems that use an AM3+ motherboard, AMD FX CPU, and an AMD Radeon graphics card. AMD has not published the exact list of AM3+ motherboards that come with a free digital copy of Doom, but more information can be obtained from AMD’s Rewards web-site.
Meanwhile it is noteworthy that this week AMD also initiated its new Civilization VI promotion for Radeon graphics cards. To get a free copy of the latest in the just-one-more-turn-before-bed gaming series, you will need to buy an AMD Radeon RX 480 (or a PC with such a board inside) from an eligible retailer. Right now, the campaign is already live in some countries, and will eventually spread to other regions as well.
AMD’s Civilization IV and Doom CampaignsHardwareGameCampaign End DateAM3+ MotherboardDoomJanuary 27, 2017AMD Radeon RX 480Civilization VIJanuary 15, 2017 Samsung: Watch_Dogs 2 for Free
In the recent years Samsung has made inroads into gaming PCs with its high-performance SSDs based on its 3D V-NAND memory. At times, Samsung bundled popular titles with its drives, and its new Watch_Dogs 2 campaign expands to curved displays as well.
On the SSD side of matters, Samsung latest bundle covers most of their V-NAND SSDs, including the recently launched 960 PRO & EVO, and their 850 SATA counterparts. Also covered in this bundle is the company’s Portable SSD, the T3. Meanwhile on the monitor side of matters, the bundle covers Samsung’s CFG70 or CF791 curved monitors. The bundle will be available in North America at select retailers only until December 31, 2016, or while coupons last.
Samsung’s Watch_Dogs 2 Promo CampaignSSDsModelForm-FactorCapacityNotes960 PROM.2512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB48-layer MLC V-NAND960 EVOM.2500 GB, 1 TB48-layer TLC V-NAND850 PRO2.5″512 GB, 1 TB32-layer MLC V-NAND850 EVOM.2, mSATA500 GB, 1 TBTLC V-NANDPortable SSD T3USB 3.1 Type-C500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB32-layer TLC V-NANDCurved DisplaysModelDiagonalResolutionNotesCFG7024″1920×1080Features quantum dot technology, 1800R CurvatureCFG7027″unknownCF79134″3440×14401500R curvature
It is noteworthy that Samsung is promoting its curved displays with and without quantum dot technology among gamers using a free game bundle campaign. While curved monitors are available from all major display suppliers, they are not very popular. Meanwhile, Samsung seems to see potential of such monitors for this market segment, which is why it will add a free copy of Watch_Dogs 2 to its CFG70 and CF791 displays until the end of this year.
NVIDIA: Hackers Wanted
NVIDIA on Tuesday (11/22) launched its new free game campaign, which will last for a month. This time the GPU designer will bundle Watch_Dogs 2 with select GeForce GTX 1070/1080 video cards and laptops carrying mobile versions of the graphics processors.
The game uses a number of NVIDIA’s technologies supported by its GameWorks package, including HBAO+ global lighting, TXAA antialiasing as well as HFTS and PCSS techniques for improved shadows.
NVIDIA’s Hackers Wanted CampaignHardwareGameCampaign End DateNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/1080Watch_Dogs 2December 19, 2016Laptop Featuring GeForce GTX 1070/1080
The campaign will last till December 19 and if you have no plans to upgrade your display or SSD, but intend to get a new GPU, this will be your chance to get a free copy of Watch_Dogs 2 as well.
Samsung CFG70: Curved 144Hz Displays with Quantum Dot Backlighting and AMD FreeSyncGIGABYTE Unveils New 990FX and 970-Gaming Motherboards for AMD FXASUS Launches 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Motherboard: USB 3.1 and M.2 to AMD FX Platform
Sources: AMD, Samsung.