80 months ago
OK, so we know nVidia had the Tegra 4 and 4i flop like a carp on the docks, while their wet dreams of appearing in future consoles hit the floor faster than an i3970X can outpace an AMD Athlon X3 CPU.
So... what's next for nVidia? Well, out of necessity, they either need to REALLY ramp up their B2B (business to business) sales... or they need to take back the consumer video cards market (preferably the high-profit and sales area - like the dedicated graphics card market), although they could also ratchet up the sales of their mobile video cards (although, due to their cost, and the fact that there aren't too many hardcore laptop gamers, it isn't easy to increase sales that much). They don't sell any integrated graphics on motherboards anymore, nor are they making crazy money from mobile sales anymore, since their new products aren't available (or that fast) yet, and their old products are obsolete (pretty much).
So... how does nVidia respond? By offering "Metro: Last Light" with their "mid-to-upper" range of video cards. Source: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2013/04/15/nvidia-geforce-bundle/1
Also, by offering a glimpse (and possibly releasing) the Desktop GeForce 700 series cards at Computex 2013, in late May. Source: http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/31077-desktop-geforce-7-comes-by-computex
I believe that, for nVidia's sake, they need to make their bundle a LOT sweeter. F2P (free-to-play) MMO games are nice and all, but gamers often want off-line titles with online multi-player experiences as well. I believe they should offer other games too; I personally wouldn't mind adding Mass Effect 3 (yes it's old), Skyrim (yes it's old), Guild Wars 2, and other awesome games to the mix. Remember, by offering the best games possible (and by ratcheting up the GeForce Experience automatic settings configuration to deliver a better experience, adjusted for each of the graphics cards they have), and by optimizing their drivers for those games (without forgetting the SLI profiles - very important!), they'll be able to really make a hard case for any gamer (hardcore or not) to buy these games.
Heck, they could even offer something really interesting, like say a 100$ Steam Credit for any gamer who buys a graphics card of theirs, or the ability to choose a certain number of games from a list. By adding flexibility to the list, it'll make it all the more interesting. You could keep the F2P credits/virtual-cash, and still offer great games, and have the gamers pick and choose whatever they wanted. If a gamer already has some things on the list, there's sure to be things on there he'd still want.
Add gog.com (Good 'Ol Games) to the list, for those who want to enjoy some old classics, Steam Credits, etc, and everybody wins. With parnterships with other businesses, I'm sure nVidia could get exclusive deals to pay something like hundreds of thousands of dollars to Gog.com in order to offer all their gamers (who buy a card after a certain date) a certain amount of credits (like, say 40$ on Gog.com). Also, the same could be done with other game developers. Give players a "free game mall", with something like a serial number to unlock it. So a gamer could send in his purchase information via e-mail to nVidia, or type in an included serial key (in the graphics card, or sent via e-mail to the purchaser by the e-tailer/retailer) to the nVidia "free game mall". A GTX 660 could get up to 2 products on the page, or 1 product and 20$ worth of credit (in other stores or F2P titles). A GTX 680 could get, say, 4 products, and up to 50$ worth of credit (in other stores or F2P titles). SLI combos should get rewarded accordingly, so if somebody buys 3x GTX 670, get triple the bonus in the store, and maybe a little bit extra (maybe something exclusive for SLI gamers). And other cards like the GTX TITAN or the GTX 690 should get REALLY good stuff - like crazy good stuff at the "free game mall". Maybe beta keys for unreleased games, reserving unreleased games at stores, buying early access to games, getting nVidia-exclusive info about games and products before they're released (nothing really big that shouldn't be leaked; maybe small things, and give an NDA agreement to keep people from leaking too much and hestitating before they release it). Maybe offer people who buy 700$ or more something really nice, like a ticket to one of these expensive huge gaming and/or technology events - you know, the ones that make the headlines. Not everyone will be able to make it, and they'd have to pay to get there too - maybe offer them the possibility to trade in some of their "free game mall" credits for a ticket, to keep people from just getting all these tickets for free and not showing up, costing nVidia a lot of cash?
Anyways, let's go to the HD 8000 series. It's the OEM release, so nothing too big here.
But... wanna see an HD 8760 in action? Wait one second... there's a predator in the playground! Quick, somebody better sound the Amber Alert, because Linus from LinusTechTips is unboxing the Acer Predator G-series gaming desktop, with HD 8760 - on a real playground.
(Hold on while I engage racial-stereotyping mode... ACTIVATE!!!) "Oh no he di-dn't!" Finger wagging.
(Deactiving, for the sake of the remaining shred of dignity and self-respect I have left. Because our respective sanities have long been thrown to the draugrs, even since TES V: Skyrim physics inspired the Harlem Shake videos.)
Oh yes, he did.
... ... ... Fingers wags Caipirinha-style.
(Voice sounding like stereotypical in-game narrator says: You last shred of dignity and self-respect has DIED. GAME OVER! YOU LOSE.)
Dang, I couldn't resist.
Anyways... meh, there's my "article". If it was amusing, yay for me. If it had too many pop-culture (or YouTube, or gaming) references, tell me when Arizona freezes over (note: not any part of Arizona; I mean Phoenix in July, and NOT when Jan Brewer is around because that's just unfair). If it was hilarious, yay for me. If I wasn't as serious as you would have liked, you can file a complaint to The Federal Procrastination Committee For Forum-Posting Amateur Journalistic Seriousness, and I'll let you know when they get back to me.
Hope this was helpful. Have fun.
Good luck. Game on.