We've all heard of folks shelling out real money in exchange for in-game items and currency. Now, it looks like EVE Online will allow players to trade in-game cash for real goods—specifically, a GeForce GTX 560 graphics card. Joystiq has the skinny on the deal, which will reportedly be limited to just 100 cards to start.
So, how much for a GTX 560? 20 PLEX, which isn't quite virtual cash. PLEX refers to Pilot License Extension, an in-game item that players can earn to effectively pay for their subscription. It can be traded between players and purchased with Interstellar Kredits (ISK), EVE's actual currency.
EVE-Central tells me the going rate for 1 PLEX is roughly 500,000,000 ISK, which in turn can be purchased for about $10. Do the math, and 20 PLEX ends up costing just a little bit more than a decent GeForce GTX 560. Developer CCP says the value of PLEX within the game jumped "significantly" after the deal was announced. Markets adjust, I suppose.
|Samsung's 28'' display serves up single-tile 4K at 60Hz for $800||76|
|AMD posts another loss but beats Wall Street forecast||27|
|GlobalFoundries licenses Samsung process tech, grants AMD access to FinFETs||56|
|MSI shows next-gen Intel motherboards||37|
|Micro-bots are spooky cool, could be used in manufacturing||22|
|Nvidia GeForce 337.61 beta hotfix display driver released||14|
|AMD earnings previewed||32|
|Ars Technica reviews Windows Phone 8.1||51|
|Wait, we're giving away $1500 in PC hardware?||11|