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Blade intros Shadow Cloud-based Gaming PC for US$140 plus subscription

The Blade Shadow box, cloud-based hardware. (Source: Blade)
The Blade Shadow box, cloud-based hardware. (Source: Blade)
Blade has introduced the Shadow box, a cloud-based gaming platform that it says is the future of computing. For an upfront cost of US$140 plus subscription, users get access to high-end gaming power in the cloud.

Blade has revealed its Shadow cloud-based gaming PC. The Shadow box, is a thin-client piece of hardware that connects to a remote server for all the high-powered gaming thrills and spills the average gamer might ever need. For US$140, customers can purchase the Shadow box outright and pair it with a monthly subscription to play the latest games.

The Blade Shadow gives users access to a data center that reserves eight dedicated threads on an Intel Xeon server, 12 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB storage and a single-user high-end Nvidia graphics card. To get games served up at 144Hz 1080p or 60Hz 4K, users require a minimum bandwidth of 15Mbps. The Shadow box is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, microphone and headphone jacks as well as two DisplayPorts with HDMI adapter included.

Blade promise to upgrade the server hardware over time, giving users access to the latest specs over time. The Shadow box is currently up for pre-order outright, but it can also be rented for US$9.95 a month. Subscriptions start at US$34.95 a month for a 12-month sub, $39.95 a month for a 3-month sub, or US$49.95 a month on a month-to-month basis. It ships from the middle of February to the US, UK, Belgium, Luxemburg and Switzerland.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-02- 4 (Update: 2018-02- 5)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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