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Shadow announces new plans for its cloud gaming platform – Internet

Blade, the French startup behind Shadow, held a press convention this morning to announce some product information in addition to some company modifications.

Shadow is a cloud computing service for avid gamers. For a month-to-month subscription price, you’ll be able to entry a gaming PC in an information middle close to you. Compared to different cloud gaming providers, Shadow offers a full Windows 10 occasion. You can set up something you need, Steam, Photoshop or Word.

Right now, the corporate gives a single configuration for $35 monthly with eight threads on an Intel Xeon 2620 processor, an Nvidia Quadro P5000 GPU that performs roughly in addition to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

The startup is shifting away from a single configuration to supply three completely different plans. On February 2020, prospects will be capable of selected between three plans — Boost, Ultra or Infinite.

  • Boost: Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU, 3.4GHz with four cores CPU, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage
  • Ultra: Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, 4GHz with four cores CPU, 16GB of RAM , 512GB of storage
  • Infinite: Nvidia Titan RTX GPU, four GHz with 6 cores CPU, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage

In the U.K., Boost prices £12.99/£14.99 monthly, Ultra prices £24.99/£29.99 and Infinite prices £39.99/£49.99 monthly. You get the cheaper price with yearly subscriptions.

In France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, plans price €12.99/€14.99, €24.99/€29.99 and €39.99/€49.99 respectively. Plans will change into costlier after the primary 50,000 prospects — pre-orders begin at this time. New plans aren’t accessible within the U.S. for now.

It’s price noting that you simply’ll be capable of add an choice to get extra storage with any plan. Storage plans embody 256GB of SSD efficiency — something above that can carry out like a extra conventional HDD. Shadow is utilizing Intel Xeon W3200 CPUs on the new configurations.

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OVH founder and chairman Octave Klaba additionally introduced a new partnership with Shadow. OVH goes to maintain Shadow’s infrastructure and change into the cloud internet hosting companion going ahead. The new servers can be rolled out in OVH information facilities.

In different information, Shadow is launching a new interface particularly designed for TVs and cellular units. The launcher now lists all of your video games. You can faucet on a sport to launch the sport straight with out going by the common Windows interface. The replace is obtainable on Android TV, iOS and Android. The tvOS replace ought to land subsequent week.

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Competition is heating up

Google is about to launch Stadia on November 19th. Microsoft is engaged on Project xCloud. Nvidia has its personal cloud gaming service. In different phrases, cloud gaming has change into an extremely crowded market.

Shadow has been round for a couple of years now. In addition to refining its streaming know-how, the corporate emphasizes every little thing you are able to do with Shadow which you can’t do with a extra restricted cloud gaming service.

“We’re the only one to offer a full PC. You can stream, work, do some Photoshop, do some SolidWorks,” Shadow co-founder Emmanuel Freund mentioned. “We’re the only one to offer 244Hz monitor support, we’re the only one to adapt to all screens.”

As a pure cloud gaming firm, Shadow needs to be accessible on any platform. You don’t have to purchase a Google Pixel telephone or a PlayStation to entry the service. You can launch your Shadow occasion on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, tvOS and Android TV.

And now, you’ll be able to even think about utilizing Shadow with a cellular VR headset. After putting in the Android app, you’ll be able to launch VR video games in your Shadow occasion and entry demanding video games with no gaming PC.

Some company information

Shadow has raised one other $33 million in October (€30 million) — it’s unclear who invested on this spherical. The firm additionally raised some cash from Western Digital and Charter Communications earlier this 12 months. Overall, the startup has now raised $111 million since launch (€100 million).

There at the moment are 70,000 Shadow prospects throughout eight international locations. At $35 monthly, the corporate is era some important month-to-month recurring income.

And Shadow has a new CEO. Co-founder Emmanuel Freund is stepping apart as CEO — he’s now in command of technique. Jérôme Arnaud is taking up as CEO. The firm was in all probability trying for a extra senior enterprise profile for the following step of the corporate.

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