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The Blade Shadow could turn your iPhone into a Windows 10 gaming beast

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Which is where cloud-gaming platforms like Blade’s Shadow come in. Shadow is designed to give you remote access to a high-end Windows gaming PC on which you can play the latest games at their max settings for $34.95 a month. And it’s available for pre-order to select U.S. consumers today.‘ data-reactid=”32″>Which is where cloud-gaming platforms like Blade’s Shadow come in. Shadow is designed to give you remote access to a high-end Windows gaming PC on which you can play the latest games at their max settings for $34.95 a month. And it’s available for pre-order to select U.S. consumers today.

What makes Shadow so interesting is that you can use it to play any PC game or Windows 10 program you can think of on such disparate devices as an outdated PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Heck, you can even use one of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) Chromebooks if you want.‘ data-reactid=”34″>What makes Shadow so interesting is that you can use it to play any PC game or Windows 10 program you can think of on such disparate devices as an outdated PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Heck, you can even use one of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) Chromebooks if you want.

Blade originally launched Shadow in its home country of France in 2016. At that point, roughly 5,000 people signed up for the service. Today, the company says it has 10,000 customers within the country.‘ data-reactid=”37″>Blade originally launched Shadow in its home country of France in 2016. At that point, roughly 5,000 people signed up for the service. Today, the company says it has 10,000 customers within the country.

You’ll be able to stream games with a resolution of 1080p at 144 frames per second. That’s seriously impressive firepower. 4K games will also run at a speedy 60 fps.‘ data-reactid=”59″>You’ll be able to stream games with a resolution of 1080p at 144 frames per second. That’s seriously impressive firepower. 4K games will also run at a speedy 60 fps.

If you’re so inclined Blade is also offering its optional Shadow Box, a small computer that you can use as your Shadow base station if you don’t already have an existing PC or Mac. That’ll cost you an additional $10 per month or $140 outright.‘ data-reactid=”61″>If you’re so inclined Blade is also offering its optional Shadow Box, a small computer that you can use as your Shadow base station if you don’t already have an existing PC or Mac. That’ll cost you an additional $10 per month or $140 outright.

As of now, Blade says it will have its data centers online in California on Feb. 15. The company says the rest of the country will get access to the service by this summer.‘ data-reactid=”63″>As of now, Blade says it will have its data centers online in California on Feb. 15. The company says the rest of the country will get access to the service by this summer.

Seeing is believing

Firing up the Shadow app launches you into a traditional Windows 10 desktop that you can navigate with ease. That’s all well and good on a laptop or desktop, but not such a great experience on a smartphone or tablet. Blade, however, says it’s working to create an improved app for such devices.‘ data-reactid=”66″>Firing up the Shadow app launches you into a traditional Windows 10 desktop that you can navigate with ease. That’s all well and good on a laptop or desktop, but not such a great experience on a smartphone or tablet. Blade, however, says it’s working to create an improved app for such devices.

If you’re playing a game and your connection quality drops, Blade says that Shadow will automatically reduce visual fidelity to prevent any gameplay interruptions. ‘ data-reactid=”92″>If you’re playing a game and your connection quality drops, Blade says that Shadow will automatically reduce visual fidelity to prevent any gameplay interruptions.

Once Shadow is up and running, the company says it will focus on the average consumer in the hopes that they’ll give up on buying PCs and Macs in favor of simply holding on to their older machines and streaming whatever they need to get through their days.‘ data-reactid=”94″>Once Shadow is up and running, the company says it will focus on the average consumer in the hopes that they’ll give up on buying PCs and Macs in favor of simply holding on to their older machines and streaming whatever they need to get through their days.

A healthy dose of skepticism

The main problems are service quality (too much lag/latency and freezes), modest catalog selections and lack of multiplayer and social features,” IDC’s Lewis Ward explained.‘ data-reactid=”97″>The main problems are service quality (too much lag/latency and freezes), modest catalog selections and lack of multiplayer and social features,” IDC’s Lewis Ward explained.

Over three years that rounds out to $1,258, which is more than enough for a full-on gaming rig.‘ data-reactid=”99″>Over three years that rounds out to $1,258, which is more than enough for a full-on gaming rig.

Will Blade be the company that finally takes cloud gaming to the next level? We’ll find out later this year.‘ data-reactid=”101″>Will Blade be the company that finally takes cloud gaming to the next level? We’ll find out later this year.


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