Shadow Power Upgrade: The Cloud Gaming Workstation with Zen 3, Ampere, and RDNA 2

Cloud service provider Shadow (test) is expanding the range with a new tariff. With the Power Upgrade, customers can access four cores, eight threads of an AMD Epyc 7543P and a GPU in the GeForce RTX 3070 performance class for an additional cost. This could also be an RDNA 2 graphics card like the Radeon Pro V620.

However, there can also be an Nvidia “comparable graphics card for power users” or another RDNA 2 model in the computer. The type of GPU present in the system depends on the respective data center in which the subscriber is registered. 16 GB of RAM is always available.

The Shadow Power upgrade costs €14.99 per month (Image: Shadow)

Shadow is like GeForce Now – completely different

Shadow, which has had a new owner since 2021 after financial problems, is also a cloud gaming service, like Nvidia GeForce Now. But this is where the parallels end. Because Shadow allows customers who log into the cloud to boot to the system desktop in the cloud and not to the GeForce Now interface. With it you can do everything you would do on your local system:

  • Play every game they own, not just those licensed for cloud use like GeForce Now.
  • Also use applications such as Premiere Pro, AutoCAD or Blender.

Appropriately, Shadow announces with the slogan “Your new computer in the cloudHe goes on to say:Gain the power of a high-end PC on the devices you already own.

Shadow: UI will also be reviewed
Shadow: The UI is also being revised (Image: Shadow)

More computing power for an extra cost of €14.99

The PC in the Cloud from Shadow is more than just a gaming PC, but it also costs more. Recently, there was access to a 4-core, 8-thread CPU and a GeForce GTX 1080 GPU for €29.99 per month. The Power Upgrade costs an additional €14.99, which increases the total monthly costs to €44.98. There is no minimum contract term.

GeForce now with new RTX 3080 tariff including Zen 2 CPU (test) costs 99.99 euros per half year, which equates to 16.67 per month. GeForce Now can only be contracted for one month for €19.99 per month. The offer is limited to games “brought by the customer” as well but can only be streamed if Nvidia obtains a license from the publisher. There is a free tariff that limits gaming sessions to one hour and does not guarantee that you can start the next session without waiting.

It can be pre-ordered in the summer, and can be used in the fall

Shadow wants to upgrade power”this summerReleased for pre-orderIn the fallHence it should be available worldwide. For selected pre-orders, early access is required before starting. More details will follow soon. Shadow also wants to address new countries at the end of 2022, including Canada and Austria.

Overview of locations where Shadow operates data centers
Overview of locations where Shadow powers data centers (Image: Shadow)

Shadow Drive: Encrypted Cloud Storage

In addition to the power upgrade, Shadow is also announcing the release of Shadow Drive in the fall. 20 GB of storage is available for free for each user who signs up, while 2 TB costs 8.99 € per month. Access will be available via web, desktop and mobile apps, to be announced. Shadow Drive is encrypted and hosted on European and European owned servers in all markets in which Shadow operates.

The addition of a cloud storage service was no surprise. Shadow’s new owner is hubiC, a cloud provider that belongs to the OVH group. Shadow developed Shadow Drive jointly with Nextcloud, who offer the free cloud storage program of the same name.

Shadow Drive: Secure Cloud Storage Launching This Fall
Shadow Drive: Secure cloud storage launching in the fall (Image: Shadow)

ComputerBase received information about this article from Shadow under a non-disclosure agreement. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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