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Review: Can Shadow Cloud computing help you game and be creative as well

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Cloud Gaming has come a long way in a short time with the now dead Onlive service, now Shadow cloud computing has come to help.

Not only does Shadow give you full access to a Window 10 Home PC, with the following specs.

The Shadow PC has an Intel Xeon e5 2667 v3, accompanied by 12GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 with 16GB of VRAM. Sadly, storage space is limited. It comes with 256 GB as standard, but you can upgrade the storage to 1TB for an extra £2.95 with the service costing Pricing is £29.95 for the cancel anytime option, or £26.95 if you sign up for 12 months.

Shadow gives you access to very fast internet connection, it’s said to have a 1Gbps download with 100Mbps upload speed.

The connection on the Shadow servers

My home internet connection speed

But given the fact that Shadow connects you to a 1Gbps internet connection from the data centre, you can download games at lightning speeds. And it doesn’t matter what connection you’re using to dial into your Shadow either – all that connection needs to do is transmit your inputs and send you the video – the link between the cloud-based Shadow and the internet remains a solid 1Gbps.

As such you only need internet bandwidth between 5 and 25Mbps to get a decent Shadow experience. Though for the best gaming performance you want a low ping, stable connection, with low packet loss. That’s why fibre and cable connections are preferred for the best gaming experience, but you can game on your phones using there Shadow app or iOS and Android.

But why would you want Shadow instead of your own dedicated gaming PC? As much as we love our gaming rigs we can’t deny there’s one significant barrier to entering the high-performance PC game, and that’s money. It costs a huge amount of cash to build yourself a serious gaming rig, even if you get your hands dirty, carefully source all the parts, and build it all yourself.

With the cost of an equivalent PC being around £1,000 it would take you more than three years to spend the same amount on your Shadow account.

Here’s the big kicker though, all that time later the physical gaming rig you would have spent £1,000 on three years ago will have become increasingly behind the times in performance terms and that’s about the time when you’d have to start seriously thinking about some expensive CPU or GPU upgrades.

From my laptop specs

To the Shadow Specs

Here is me playing Fortnite using Shadow on my rubbish laptop

For the time I used the service I had no problems at all, I even used the service when I was travelling to Paris I even used it on my phone using an Xbox One controller linked via Bluetooth.

All I can really say is I hope more hard drive space is added as normal as 256GB is used very quickly indeed, I really like this service.

Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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