If you’re the among the people who can’t buy powerful GPUs due
to soaring prices (thanks to crypto coin miners), the days are
about to go away. Blade, a company based out of France, has
announced their gaming service called Shadow.
Unlike services like EA Access that utilize the horsepower of
your gaming console, it’s similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Now and
Google’s rumored cloud-based game
streaming service. Shadow doesn’t require any
heavy-duty hardware to run demanding games because all the
processing happens on their cloud servers featuring powerful
hardware. It’s like a personal gaming PC that’s available
anywhere and anytime, all you need is an internet connection.
Shadow’s cloud machines are full-fledged Windows 10 PCs running
8-thread Intel Xeon server chips equivalent to Core i7 CPUs,
along with 12GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD storage. A high-end
Nvidia chip handles the graphics department.
Depending on their proprietary technology, the game streaming
service claims to deliver a near-zero latency while streaming
games on devices. It requires a minimum connection speed
of 15 Mbps, which doesn’t seem to be a big deal nowadays.
Shadow is compatible with virtually any internet-connected
device running Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS (support coming
soon). It can also pump 4K gaming titles if the user’s devices
have capable hardware and display.
Shadow had a presence at this year’s CES, where its maker Blade
demoed full PC games running on the Razor phone. But the
service is not limited to gaming. It mirrors an entire Windows
10 on your device, so can you run resource-intensive
applications like Photoshop as well.
Users can opt for the cloud-based game streaming services with
three subscription plans ranging from $35/mo (one-year
commitment) to $50/mo (no commitment).
Some users won’t call it cheap, but it frees them from building
high-end gaming rigs that require a heavy load of their
hard-earned money. The service doesn’t charge for any hardware
upgrades made to their cloud machines and provides a 1Gbps
connection for downloads.
Blade is also working on an AMD-powered streaming device (with
ports for connecting a monitor and other peripherals) for users
who prefer separate gaming devices instead playing games on
computers and smartphones. The service is already available in
France and UK. Now, it’s making its way into the US, starting
with California. It would be expanded to other regions in
the country in coming months.