I’ve had the same old rig for a fair few years now, back in the day it was top of the line, and back when it meant something, it could run Crysis on maximum settings. But unfortunately, these days it struggles with a lot of games, and my once juggernaut of a machine just doesn’t make the cut anymore.
I logged onto my local computer supplier’s website and started spec’ing up something new, something powerful, something shiny. Everything was going great, I was practically salivating at the sight of my new computer, and was thinking about how all of my favourite games would look at their highest settings, the way they were meant to be played.
It was at this point I glanced at my basket, and then at the subtotal, I dropped my biscuit into my tea. Without even thinking about it, I’d built a machine that would cost the best part of £3,000 and I hadn’t even finished building it. It wasn’t to be, and I mournfully closed the tab in my browser and got back to reality.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to EGX with the XNVR crew, you’ll hear more on that from us shortly, as we’ve been a bit busy putting the final coat of paint and the spinning rims on the new website. But whilst I was at EGX, we visited a stand and spoke to a team that had a product that would completely revolutionise the way I played PC games forever.I found Shadow.
To quote from their website, ‘Blade was born in 2015 with an ambitious vision: To create a computer free of constraints’, and here we are in 2018 and their ambition has definitely paid off. Shadow was born out of a need and a want for more, for your games in maximum video quality, and downloaded as fast as possible, forever, whenever you wanted.
Shadow is a Windows 10 PC at its core, but it’s a Windows 10 PC stacked with an NVIDIA 1080 equivalent, 8 dedicated threads of Xeon, 12GB of DDR4 RAM and an eye-watering 1Gbps Down (100Mbps up) in the engine room. Shadow is an absolute behemoth of a machine, with absolutely none of the upkeep that comes with it.
For £26 a month, you get your own slice of paradise in computer form. It’s yours to do with what you want, there’s no throttling, there’s no peak of off-peak times where you might not be able to access your machine, it’s yours, it’s there whenever you want it, day, night, rain, shine.
We trialled some of the devices that they had on display at the show, and they’d definitely put out a spread for us to try. Macbook Pros were on display playing the latest Tomb Raider on maximum settings, multiple other machines of varying ages and specifications, and the one that made me both laugh and practically salivate, was the cheapest laptop in the UK, a Chromebook, running Tomb Raider in 4K. I was stunned, and I was excited. The team gracefully allowed us a trial of their software for at home and it has continued to impress and astound me every time I’ve used it. My new gaming PC cost me £26 a month, and I didn’t have to build it, I don’t have to maintain it and most importantly, I can still pay my rent next month having purchased it.
I don’t expect you to just take my word for it, which is why we’ve started using Shadow in our twitch streams and we’re shortly publishing video reviews of our time at EGX and on the Shadow stand, as well as using the Shadow product inside (and very much outside) of our own homes. This truly has to be seen to be believed.
If you’d like to try out Shadow for yourself, simply go to Shadow to sign up, and if you use code JAMFIQZY at checkout, you’ll get £10 off your first month. Shadow is a remarkable service, and best of all, it’s not a contract. You can stop and start when and were you like, and if it’s not for you, you can leave at any time.