Nvidia seems to finally be reacting to what could very well have been seen as one of the biggest freebies made publically primarily by a loophole when it came to its products on sale via Amazon.com. This has resulted in a massive influx of “Free” Gears of War 4 redeem codes that are being used on the Nvidia website. The promotion which was being offer by the semiconductor giant to PC users who purchased its flagship GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
The exploit exists primarily because of how amazon’s digital delivery system works for consumers who purchase a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080. Normally used as part of a delayed release solution, for some reason, Amazon instantly delivered game redeem codes that could be used at Nvidia’s redemption portal. As more users became aware of the keys being sold, some users put up warnings on public forums such as Reddit where consumers were told not to purchase cheap digital codes which had found their way on various gaming forums as well as EBay often at prices that were as low as $10 as per our sources.
Even as Amazon is no longer issuing new codes with purchases, Nvidia has released its own statement via Neogaf, a well-established industry-centric gaming community forum where Nvidia maintains a passive presence :
We detected some Gears 4 Windows 10 keys were obtained illegitimately via our NVIDIA promotion. We have gone ahead and revoked keys that fell in this bucket. If you believe your key was incorrectly revoked, we highly recommend you contact NVIDIA support with proof of purchase to help out with this.
This does however raise quite a few questions and could be an issue for consumers who got their hardware as a gift or bought the code individually from actual GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 owners for example.
Gears of War 4 is expected to release worldwide on the 11th of October 2016 on PC and Xbox One simultaneously however users can play it earlier if they purchase the $99.99 ultimate edition starting the 7th of October 2016. The standard edition costs $59.99 on both platforms at launch.
The recommended Nvidia GPUs for specific performance and resolution settings by Microsoft were also made public via the Windows blog when the offer was first made public on the 20th of September.