This is one of those stories where the title could be the story, so bear with me as I try to reach my self-imposed word quota. Beginning this week, if you purchase a GeForce GTX 770 or higher graphics card from a participating vendor, you’ll receive a code to unlock Borderlands: Pre-Sequel when it releases on October 14. Etailers like Newegg and Amazon are participating, as are twelve builders, including iBUYPOWER, MAINGEAR, and Puget Systems.
Given the fact that NVIDIA has worked so closely with Gearbox in the past, it’s of little surprise that this deal exists. However, it’s more than just a free game that NVIDIA has to offer: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will support PhysX and Surround. As someone who plays Borderlands 2 on a Surround setup sometimes, I hope that Gearbox isn’t ignorant of the fact this time around that the loading screens and menu are not at all kosher with multi-monitor resolutions. Ingame, Surround is perfect; at the main menu, not so much.
In addition to supporting PhysX and Surround, The Pre-Sequel will also support streaming to the SHIELD. It’d be fantastic if the game adjusted its UI based on that, but that seems unlikely.
I’d be remiss to mention that it’s being heavily rumored that NVIDIA will be launching its GTX 800 series next month, so if you are to purchase a 700 series card now, it might possibly be superseded in a mere month with a newer model. I have no knowledge whatsoever of what the GTX 800 series will bring, outside of rumors, so just bear this in mind. It’s situations like this where EVGA’s Step-up program could prove very useful.