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Cloud Gaming Provider Shadow To Upgrade Power On October 26

Cloud gaming provider Shadow will provide its customers with higher-quality hardware components in just under two months. The power upgrade allows users to access high-end GPUs. The feat was demonstrated to us as part of a Gamescom presentation.

The power upgrade will be rolled out in several waves starting October 26. Shadow provides its users with access to a virtual cloud PC that can run any application. The new configuration includes an AMD Epyc 7543P CPU with four cores and 16 gigabytes of RAM. To make the service suitable for gaming, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 cards and AMD GPUs with RDNA 2 architecture, including the Radeon Pro V620, are available. Shadow supports PCs, smartphones, smart TVs, and VR glasses.

Early access starts in early October

While a regular Shadow membership costs 29.99 euros per month, the power upgrade costs 14.99 euros extra per month. If you want to use the service during the early access phase at the beginning of October, you only pay 9.99 euros. From September 20, it is possible to pre-order the power upgrade. Currently, the service is available in France, US, Germany, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.

Shadow will also be available in Austria and Canada on September 15. In the autumn, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden will be added. Unlike game streaming services like Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming, Shadow offers a full remote PC.

Not only games but also other apps can be launched in the cloud and streamed to any device. In a demo shown at Gamescom, the technology worked flawlessly. Other than occasional micro-stutters, which are probably due to the network connection, there were no noticeable slowdowns during the game.