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Blade trumps Google Stadia by offering Nvidia Titan RTX ray tracing in the cloud

The Shadow cloud streaming service now offers cheaper, better tiers. Including one featuring a Titan RTX ready for ray tracing

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Fancy a Titan RTX but don’t want to shell out $2,500 for the privilege? Blade has announced it is equipping its Shadow cloud gaming service with ray tracing chops courtesy of Nvidia’s top RTX-branded GPU, offering the very best in 4K ray-traced gaming beamed directly to your device.

Over at an event in Paris, Blade announced a new three tier system for its game streaming service, Shadow. At the top lies “Infinite.” The top tier of subscription, Infinite will deliver 4K gaming courtesy of a Titan RTX for 40 (€40) – the best of the best graphics cards. The “Ultra” package below includes an RTX 2080 (or equivalent) GPU, and, priced at £25 (€25), it is hoping to make ray tracing just a little more accessible.

That ostensibly means a free upgrade for current Shadow subscription holders, whose €30 monthly payment will soon see their GTX 1080 replaced with an RTX 2080 at a partial discount. Meanwhile, if you fancy cost-cutting, Blade is introducing “Boost,” an entry-level tier that will retain much of the same configuration as the current subscription for £13 (€13).

All new tiers are set to launch in February 2020, and pre-orders are reportedly set to go live at any moment.

The Infinite package will also see a step-up to a six-core CPU (or equivalent through server magic), 32GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage.

Blade Shadow is a cloud gaming service that offers a fully-fledged gaming PC up in the cloud. Where it and many other streaming services differ is that Shadow offers its customers an instance of a gaming PC, with access to all the same launchers, apps, and services as any local machine.

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This means, beyond the subscription for the service, players have the ability to play their existing gaming libraries – whether that be on Steam, Epic Games Store, Origin, or wherever you own your favourite titles.

Blade’s announcement comes just a few weeks shy of Google Stadia’s initial launch. Undoubtedly Shadow wanted to make a big splash just beforehand and remind everyone, as its co-founder once told us, that “Google definitely isn’t the only one rushing to cloud gaming.”