Blade’s Shadow game streaming service is expanding to the East Coast with new mobile app

French startup Blade first launched its
Shadow game streaming service
as a
limited rollout in California earlier this year
. Now, the
company is expanding again by opening up availability to
several new states on the West Coast, and, for the first time,
it’s offering the Shadow service to East Coast gamers with the
launch of a new data center.

18 new states will get access to Shadow on August 9th

In all, 18 additional states will get access to the service on
August 9th, including, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New
Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Nevada, and Oregon. Blade
also promises that it will add more states in the future, with
the goal of offering service to the entire US by October.


Image: Blade

In addition to the new locations, Blade is also unveiling a
Shadow Beyond app for iOS and Android that allows players to
skip using the desktop Windows experience and simply launch
straight into their games from a smartphone or a tablet.

Shadow looks to differentiate itself from other streaming
services by offering users access to what amounts to a
dedicated machine in its data centers that the company claims
is the equivalent of a $2,000 gaming PC. Specs-wise, Blade
offers 12GB of DDR4 RAM, a Xeon processor that’s roughly equal
to an Intel Core i7 chip, 256GB of storage, and a GTX 1080 GPU.
For $34.95 per month, users can stream whatever games they
install on their virtual machine to their less powerful home
PC, laptop, tablet, or even a mobile device.

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