One of the compelling reasons to buy AMD graphics cards over the past few years was its "Never Settle" program, where the company bundled a number of the hottest games that took advantage of AMD's graphics cards.
Now AMD has changed that program up, making game selection a bit of a game in itself.
Under the new "Never Settle Forever" system, gamers that buy AMD's cheaper cards will be able to pick one game to digitally download to their system, while those that select the higher-end cards will be able to pick three. Historically, AMD's "Never Settle" bundle bundled up to four games with each card, and the "Reloaded" refresh pre-selected two to three of this year's top games to ship with each card.
With "Never Settle Forever," those that fall into the "Bronze" tier--purchasing the Radeon HD 7790 or the HD 7770 GHz edition--can pick one game, while the "Silver" tier--who purchase the HD 7800 series--can pick two games; users who fall into the "Gold" tier--who buy either the HD 7970 GHz Edition, the HD 7970, or the HD 7950--can choose three games.
Each game must be digitally downloaded to a user's hard drive, AMD said.
But there's a catch: users must decide when to redeem the games, and do it all at once.
Willing to gamble?
That wouldn't be such a big deal if the games were a fixed list. But Robert Hallock, an evangelist for Microsoft, said that Microsoft may be adding more games in the future, suggesting--but not confirming--that Battlefield 4 and the new Thief game may be added to the list.
The redeemable-game credits that each tier brings are good through Dec. 31, so there's some advantage in waiting to see if new games are made available. If they're not, of course, you'll have to buy them yourself--and potentially miss out on preorder deals or other benefits.
"I like to think of it as gambling with the system," Hallock said.
So, on one hand, AMD still will continue to offer some of the latest games, an incentive to keep on buying AMD graphics cards. On the other, the latest "Never Settle" program may add some angst to the process.