ATI/Counter-Strike 2 Bundle?

Counter Strike 2 to be bundled with X800PRO-XT on the Inquirer (thanks Stoo) has more on their rumor of another ATI/Valve bundle deal, even as gamers with previous generation ATI cards wonder what video card they will be using when their Half-Life 2 bundle is eventually fulfilled. According to the report, this is a scenario that could possibly play itself out yet again: "For their side, ATI partners are not comfortable to go for one more bundle as there is still no game available. Summer could well mean the end of summer rather than the beginning and it will still take some time to finish Counter Strike 2. This might easily put ATI in a position where it has another card, the R480, before the piece of paper can be exchanged for the real thing."
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Ah even MORE evidense that ATI is paying Valve a crapload for them to tweek there games for ATI hardware.

Why else would valve use 24bit color when they KNOW 32bit will be required if they plan to support the next round of DX9. Is it just by fluke that ATI supports 24bit graphics and nVidia does not? No.. thats by design. These two companies are getting rich off each other and it makes me sick.

Gabe Newell said that x800 is 40% faster then a 6800u in Half-Life2. Which boggles my mind because as many comparisons have stated the shader engine on the 6800u is far superior to that of the x800, offering not only shader 3.0 support but DX9c support AND virtually unlimited shader programing. You simply CANNOT tell me with any truth that Valve isn't programing there game to work great on ATI hardware, and sup-par on nVidia hardware. Not when John Carmack is so in favor of shader 3.0 and nvidias new card that he is already building his next engine USING IT!

Valve your becoming one hell of a sell-out. And Gabe Newell is the biggest one of you all. (I'd like to use stronger language.. but in trying to be somewhat decent...)

FYI for those having problems with the ATI-HL2 bundle deal, many companies have opted out of it in spite of some legal issue. I think only cards made by ATI specificly support the deal now.


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