Samsung and Ubisoft offer ‘Watch Dogs 2’ for PC free with select products

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Samsung said on Tuesday that it teamed up with Ubisoft to offer a free digital copy of Watch Dogs 2 for the PC with a qualifying purchase of a specific Samsung solid-state drive (SSD) or curved gaming monitor. Customers who purchase one of these products will receive a special download code through select retailers, and while supplies last. The promotion officially ends on December 31, whereas the game does not launch until November 29.

Here is a list of the qualifying Samsung products:

Curved Gaming Monitor – Price SSD – Starting Price
24-inch CFG70 – $350 SSD 960 PRO NVMe M.2 – $330
27-inch CFG70 – $450 SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 – $250
34-inch CF791 – $1,000 Portable SSD T3 – $200
SSD 850 PRO 2.5-inch SATA 3 – $250
SSD 850 EVO 2.5-inch SATA M.2 – $170
SSD 850 EVO M.2 – $170
SSD 850 EVO mSATA – $170

Note that in the table above, the SSDs have starting prices of at least $170. That is due to the promotion’s Terms and Conditions, which require SSDs to have a capacity of 500GB or more. Of course, the company provides lower capacities for a cheaper price through many of the brands listed above, but they will not qualify for the Watch Dogs 2 giveaway.

The listed SSDs are based on Samsung’s “3D” V-NAND technology, which stacks storage cells vertically like skyscrapers instead of horizontally across a city block. This enables the company to provide more storage capacity in the same SSD form factor than “2D” solutions, and faster read/write speeds due to data traveling up elevators rather than seek out a destination via a city grid.

To redeem the game code, customers must head here and log into their Ubisoft account. While the promotion ends on December 31, codes will remain valid until July 31. Note that the hardware purchase must be made between now and the last day of 2016 to qualify and customers must provide proof of that purchase. This offer is only valid for legal residents of the U.S. and the District of Columbia who are age 18 or older.

If you have not kept up with the PC version of Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft pushed its release back from the original November 15 date to November 29 so that the team can give this version the extra polish it deserves. Watch Dogs 2 on PC includes special features such as an uncapped framerate, Ultra Textures and Extra Details options, and support for a 4K resolution.

Here are the specs for the PC version in case you missed them:

Minimum Recommended
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5GHz
AMD FX 6120 @ 3.5GHz
Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz
AMD FX 8120 @ 3.9GHz
System memory: 6GB 8GB
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (2GB)
AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3GB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (4GB)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB)
AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)
Hard drive space: 50GB 50GB
Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1/8.1/10 64-bit Windows 7 SP1/8.1/10
Network: 256Kbps or faster broadband 256Kbps or faster broadband
Peripherals: Keyboard and mouse
Xbox One controller
Dual Shock 4 controller
Keyboard and mouse
Xbox One controller
Dual Shock 4 controller

“Samsung is dedicated to providing best-in-class technology to gamers, so we’re excited to offer Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Watch Dogs 2 as an added value with our industry-leading SSDs and monitors,” Andrew Sivori, vice president of CE-IT Marketing at Samsung, said in a statement. “Our high-performance SSDs and stunning new monitors deliver an enhanced gaming experience, providing exceptional visuals and lag-free gameplay.”

Watch Dogs 2 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is still on track for a November 15 release.

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