Something to look forward to: Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably the most-anticipated game of 2020, especially on PC, where gamers will likely be able to pump up the graphical settings and get better performance or visuals. The futuristic RPG is sure to be a demanding title if the gameplay we've seen so far is anything to go by, and Nvidia now wants to make sure you have the right hardware for the job.
Update 2/17/2020: Nvidia has officially revealed its Cyberpunk 2077-themed graphics card, and our readers probably won't be surprised to learn that it's essentially an RTX 2080 Ti with cool-looking Cyberpunk branding. The card does not appear to be available for purchase; the only way to obtain one is to participate in an ongoing social media contest.
To have a chance at snagging one, you need to retweet Nvidia's official reveal video (see that below) and, separately, tag a fellow Cyberpunk 2077 enthusiast in the announcement tweet's replies -- just be sure to include the #RTXOn hashtag in your comment. If you are selected to win, both you and the person you tagged will get one of these special-edition cards.
Introducing the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition.— NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) February 17, 2020
We made 77 for our community.
Want one? Here's how:
1. RT this video.
2. Tag a gamer who is as excited as you about Cyberpunk 2077 in the replies with #RTXOn
3. If selected, you BOTH win these limited edition GPUs! pic.twitter.com/IG2BZZCZ6H
Alternatively, you can head over to the GeForce Instagram or Facebook pages and like, retweet, or comment on any #RTXOn sweepstakes post. Like with the Twitter contest, you need to tag a fellow gamer and include #RTXOn in your reply.
There are 77 cards available for this sweepstakes (200 in total -- the rest will be given away later), but nearly 30,000 contest entries (based on retweets), so your chances of winning aren't particularly high. Still, it only takes a few minutes to throw your hat in the ring, so why not give it a shot?
The original article follows below...
In a brief (and undoubtedly staged) Twitter exchange that took place today, the accounts for both Nvidia and Cyberpunk 2077 jointly teased a mysterious new Cyberpunk 2077-themed limited-edition GPU. The tease came in the form of a cryptic message saying "Stay tuned..." and a blurry image of an upright video card.
The GPU appears to have two fans, and its overall design is very similar to what you'd see from a GeForce RTX 20-series reference card. It has the same fan placement, and the same angular look on the sides (albeit with yellow trim). Unfortunately, any further details are nearly impossible to discern from this image. If you're particularly eagle-eyed and spotted something we didn't, feel free to let us know in the comments.
Depending on when this card gets an official reveal, it could be one of the first entries in Nvidia's upcoming Ampere GPU line-up, or simply a fancy RTX 20-series card. We wouldn't feel comfortable betting on either option, as both seem equally likely at this point. We hope it's the former, so more gamers have an excuse to upgrade (Ampere will hopefully bring a sizable performance jump), but we'll have to wait and see for sure.
😏— NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) February 16, 2020
Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/wahUtfw3f6
If you're eager to get your hands on anything Cyberpunk 2077-related, it might be best to temper your expectations here. Unknown technical specifications aside, the limited edition card is certain to be pricey -- perhaps even more so than the already-expensive 20-series GPUs. On top of that, since this will be a limited run, they'll probably sell out to wealthier individuals (or those with some extra space on their credit cards) pretty quickly.
Nonetheless, we'll be sure to update you when Nvidia and/or the folks over at CD Projekt Red reveal more details about this GPU.
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