Shadow is the first ever high-end PC in the cloud accessible everywhere, using any internet-enabled computer or smart device
French start-up, Blade, is revolutionising the PC industry by launching Shadow, a new breed of a cloud-based computer which is now available for presale in the UK. Shadow transforms any internet-connected device with a screen into a high-end, full-featured, always-updated and upgraded PC, ideal for intensive usage, such as gaming. Equivalent to a £1,500 computer, Shadow is equipped with a dedicated high-end GPU from NVIDIA (Equivalent to a GTX 1080), 12GB of RAM, 256GB storage and eight threads from an Intel Xeon processor.
Shadow frees users from the constraints of physical PC hardware and gives them what they truly want and need: access to a powerful, secure, top-of-the-line computer anytime, anywhere and on any device.
Users can access Shadow on any desktop PC, laptop, Mac, tablet, smartphone or smart TV with the dedicated Windows, macOS and Android apps. For those who cannot fully break from the need to have a physical piece of PC hardware, the Blade team has also developed a small, sleek box featuring ports and an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit enabling real-time decoding in 1080p at 144Hz or 4K at 60Hz. Whether using its box or cloud service, Shadow can be adapted to every PC need and usage.
Blade is dedicated to immersing its users in the ongoing development of the technology and will be offering numerous opportunities for members of the Shadow community to request and try, new features and functionality. In addition, the first 500 subscribers in the UK will receive a free Shadow box*.
Shadow technology relocates the most powerful components of a PC into the cloud, so hardware never becomes outdated or obsolete, unlocking customers from an endless cycle of spending and upgrading. It brings massive computing power — high-speed, low latency, crystal-clear graphics and data security — through partnerships with Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, AMD, and Equinix. Shadow is powerful enough to meet the demands of pro gamers, allowing them to trade their bulky, loud, hot gaming computers for a hardware-free gaming experience.
Shadow technical specifications
An extremely powerful, full-featured Windows 10 PC, Shadow is always at the cutting edge of technology and safe from hardware failures due to its cloud approach. Shadow provides access to:
- A dedicated high-end NVIDIA graphics solution for a perfect image in 1080p at 144fps or 4K at 60fps (8.2 TFLOPS, performance equivalent to a GTX 1080)
- Eight dedicated threads on an Intel Xeon server processor equivalent to a Core i7, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space
- Proprietary technology delivers a seamless experience for any Internet connection above 15 Mbps
Shadow pricing options
Designed to be the last PC a user ever needs to have, Shadow is the only computer that improves over time. Once you have subscribed you can use your Shadow whenever you want without any time limitation. Shadow eliminates an expensive upfront purchase by offering its cloud-based PC via simple, affordable subscription options that tackle obsolescence:
- £26.95/month for a one-year commitment
- £32.95/month for a three-month commitment
- £39.95/month for no commitment
After the first 500 units, the Shadow box will available to buy for £109.95 or for rental at £7.95 per month.
Shadow has already proven hugely successful in France where it now has over 15,000 users. The pre-sale of the technology in the US was recently announced at CES in Las Vegas and met with a very positive reception, with additional market launches to be announced in the coming months.
For further details on Shadow, please visit: shadow.tech