Het gerucht was al maanden bekend, maar eindelijk is het door Valve en ATI bevestigd. Bij bepaalde ATI Radeon videokaarten krijg je Half-Life 2 gratis. ATI is volgens Valve dan ook DE videokaart chipset om het spel mee te spelen, wat laat zien wat voor mooie deals er in de gameindustrie gemaakt worden. De aankondiging is namelijk onderdeel van het persoffensief dat ATI gestart is vanwege de nieuwe Radeon 9600XT en 9800XT videokaarten. De kaart is namelijk officieel gepresenteerd. ATI managed to get multi million-bundle deal with Valve to bundle the single player version of Half-Life 2 with their new Radeon XT cards. Since the release of the game was delayed several times it looks like the early XT card come with a voucher only giving the customer the ability to download the full game via Valve's Steam online service when it becomes available. Maybe this won't change and you never get a full CD. Details are still unknown at the time this article was written

Sources tell us that the bundling is very expensive for the card makers. ATI is asking for about $15 for a copy, which is 300% more than other game bundles. So you can expect that not every ATI board partner will feature this game bundle.

It's also unknown yet if there will be a chance to upgrade the bundled single player game (about $40) to the multi player version (about $50) will become available later. De volgende websites hebben een blik geworpen op de Radeon 9800XT: Tom's Hardware, Driver Heaven, Tech Report, Lost Circuits, Beyond3D, Bjorn3D en Hot Hardware.