Streaming is the new “in thing”. We all do it, whether its for the latest TV show, sporting announcement or watching your favourite streamer on Twitch. On average this mean we all spend between 1-2 hours a day streaming something.
Enter Blade, a French startup founded in 2015 by Emmanuel Freund, Asher Kagan and Stéphane Héliot, Their aim is the bring powerful PC gaming to everyone – everywhere, as long as you’re in the USA, UK or France. For a monthly fee you can rent a powerful Windows 10 PC with current gen high end hardware. Current specs are a mix of GTX 1080 and Quadro P5000, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and an Intel Xeon 2620 CPU which Blade say is worth £1,500/$2,100.
The only thing you need to supply is money, an Android or Windows device and a stable/fast internet connection of around 15mbps. Pricing wise for a one year subscription it will cost you £26.95 a month which will be taken monthly, £32.95 a month for a 3 month sub or £39.95 for a single month no commitment.
If you head on over to the Shadow website now and sign up you could be one of the first 500 which qualifies you to receive a free Shadow box(usually £7.95 per month or a one off £109.95) The Box enables real-time decoding in 1080p at 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz, with a little help from an on board AMD APU(Accelerated Processing Unit).
The Shadow is great for people who spend a lot of time on the move or don’t have enough space for a full gaming PC setup, this is definitely one part in the ever exciting future of PC gaming. Although we haven’t had the chance to try this out first hand, if you have the connection speed and the excess money, we strongly recommend this if you’re looking to get into the PC gaming world!