Shadow is adding a new subscription tier to its cloud gaming service with access to the equivalent of the latest generation of Nvidia and AMD graphics cards for an additional $14.99 per month. The new Power Upgrade tier is an optional add-on to Shadow’s existing $29.99 subscription service, bringing the total cost to just under $45. Meanwhile, the company is announcing expansion into other countries, a new online storage service, and a service that makes its cloud-based machines available to business users.
Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service or Google Stadia, which only allow you to stream their games, Shadow’s functionality is much broader. It basically gives you remote access to a cloud-based Windows 10 desktop running on powerful hardware. From there, you can install games from whatever game store you choose and run them on a machine that might be a lot more powerful than the device you’re streaming it to.
Shadow says the power upgrade will give users cloud-based access to a machine running an AMD EPYC 7543P processor with four cores and eight threads, 16GB of RAM, and a “high-end GPU.” Examples of GPUs listed include an “Nvidia RTX 3070-class” graphics card, an equivalent Nvidia “designed for professionals” GPU, and AMD’s latest RDNA 2-based GPUs, including the Radeon Pro V620. However, you won’t be able to choose the exact GPU at checkout – it will be assigned based on data center availability. In contrast, Shadow’s current $29.99 tier lists the equivalent of a much older GTX 1080 GPU as a graphics card.
Shadow’s new pricing tier makes it more expensive than Nvidia’s equivalent high-end tier for its own GeForce Now streaming service, which is designed to offer RTX 3080-level hardware for $19.99 per month. Shadow is less restrictive than Nvidia, which offers a curated selection of games to play from Steam or the Epic Games Store. If you can install a game on a Windows 10 machine, you should theoretically be able to play it on Shadow.
Shadow previously launched more powerful tiers – Ultra and Infinite – back when its basic plan cost just $11.99 per month. But a year later, the company raised the price of that standard tier to $29.99 per month, and in late 2021, its FAQ notes that Shadow has officially canceled the US launch of the two upgraded subscriptions. Spokesperson Thomas Beaufils recounts The edge that the company still has users subscribed to its Ultra and Infinite plans and they haven’t been fully discontinued, but it’s not accepting new signups.
Along with the new power upgrade, Shadow is also announcing its expansion to Canada and Austria this fall, joining existing markets like the US, UK, France and Germany. It also has a new standalone cloud storage feature coming to Europe this fall that offers 20GB of storage for free or 2TB for €8.99 per month. Finally, the company also offers its cloud-based machines to professional users with “custom projects” designed to be used by anyone – from 3D artists to architects or engineers who need powerful hardware in the cloud.
Shadow says its new power upgrade will be available for pre-order this summer and aims to launch in all of its markets in the fall.