Could Shadow Be the “Netflix for Games?”

Gamers have another option for streaming platforms as of February 21. French company Blade recently released Shadow, which isn’t quite a console, nor is it a gaming computer. Shadow is a small streaming box as well as a subscription service that brings a wider variety of games to players. Some people are even describing Blade’s Shadow like Netflix for video games.

Previously, Blade had launched Shadow in the UK. The most recent launch brings it overseas to the United States, starting with the state of California. The company has plans to roll out Shadow to other USA locations throughout the year.

What is Shadow?

Shadow is essentially a Windows 10 PC that virtualizes your desktop. Inside Shadow is an AMD Falcon CPU and a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card that can handle 1080p at 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz. The system is equipped with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

The manufacturer touts the fact that you don’t have to upgrade hardware for Shadow as one of its strengths, and the company promises to replace any necessary parts.

Gamers can use Shadow by streaming to their mobile device with a Bluetooth controller. However, you can also connect a monitor and peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, and headset for a decidedly PC-like experience.

What makes Shadow more appealing than similar services is the wide variety of games. You can choose from any number of games on Steam, which any PC gamer is already familiar with. You’re not limited to games by a certain developer or from a certain system, as is the case with the similar Playstation streaming service. Plus, Shadow can run non-gaming apps like Photoshop.

Gamers can sign up for a yearly subscription to shadow for $34.95 per month, which is an affordable price for avid players.

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