Shadow: Cloud-based PC Service Launched
French start-up, Blade, is the latest company to attempt to revolutionise the PC industry by launching Shadow, billed as a new breed of cloud-based computer which is now available for pre-sale in the UK.Shadow allows any internet-connected device with a screen into a high-end, full-featured, always-updated and upgraded PC, ideal for intensive usage, such as gaming. Shadow says it’s the current equivalent to a £1,500 computer, with a dedicated high-end GPU from NVIDIA (equivalent to a GTX 1080), 12GB of RAM, 256GB storage and eight threads from an Intel Xeon processor. Shadow is designed to free users from the constraints of physical PC hardware and gives them access to a powerful, secure, top-of-the-line computer anytime, anywhere and on any device.
Users can access Shadow on any desktop PC, laptop, Mac, tablet, smartphone or smart TV with the dedicated Windows, macOS and Android apps. For those who cannot fully break from the need to have a physical piece of PC hardware, the Blade team has also developed a small box featuring ports and an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit enabling real-time decoding in 1080p at 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz. Whether using its box or cloud service, it’s claimed Shadow can be adapted to every PC need and usage.
Blade says it will be offering numerous opportunities for members of the Shadow community to request, and try, new features and functionality. In addition, the first 500 subscribers in the UK will receive a free Shadow box.
Emmanuel Freund, co-founder and CEO of Blade, comments: “We are delighted to introduce Shadow to the UK where there is a passionate and buzzing gaming community. Shadow revolutionises the way we think about and use the typical PC; we are on the verge of replacing every computer in the world with something faster and smarter. We’re committed to building a loyal and engaged community which is why we’re giving a free Shadow Box to our first customers in the UK - we know they’re going to love it.”
Shadow has already proven successful in France where it now has over 15,000 users and they’re obviously hoping the monthly costs are seen as good value, with minimal up-front hardware outlay and the knowledge you’ll always be at the cutting-edge, tech-wise, as they upgrade the ‘Cloud PC’
Shadow pricing options
£26.95/month for a one-year commitment
£32.95/month for a three-month commitment
£39.95/month for no commitment
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