Upcoming games, Shield discounts part of Nvidia's holiday GeForce bundles

Nvidia has announced a holiday game bundle for select GeForce graphics cards. The wording is a little awkward, so I'll just cut and paste.

Buy our GeForce GTX 660 or GTX 760 you get a free copy of “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” and “Splinter Cell Blacklist.” Buy a GTX 770, GTX 780 or GTX TITAN, and we’ll also include a free copy of “Batman: Arkham Origins.”

Sounds to me like the GTX 770, 780, and Titan get Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell in addition to the new Batman release. Oddly, a bunch of the GTX 660 and 760 cards selling at Newegg are bundled with Arkham Origins already. It's unclear if that game will be swapped for Black Flag and BlackList or if the three titles will be lumped together.

There are an awful lot of GTX 770 and GTX 780 cards with Arkham City already, too, but bundled games will be new to the GTX Titan. At a grand a pop, it's about time Nvidia's desktop flagship came with a few freebies.

Coupons for $50-100 off Nvidia's $300 Shield gaming handheld are also part of the holiday bundles. I suspect the $100 discount will be reserved for the more expensive cards, but Nvidia's blog post doesn't provide more details.

Nvidia's holiday bundles are certainly fresh. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins are upcoming releases, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist came out at the end of August. The bundles deftly differentiate the GeForce cards from AMD's latest Radeons, which apart from a BF4 edition of the R9 290X, lack free games entirely. AMD has pledged to do more Never Settle bundles in the future, and the green team may have just forced its hand. In the meantime, you can still get 7000-series Radeons with the old Never Settle bundles.

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