Blade introduces three tiers for its Shadow cloud gaming service

Blade introduces three tiers for its Shadow cloud gaming service

Blade's cloud gaming service Shadow has released a new subscription model.

The first tier dubbed Shadow Boost will coast $11.99 a month on a 12-month plan, or $14.99 monthly. Boost uses a GTX 1080 graphics card or better, a 3.4 GHz - 4 cores processor, has a ram of 12 GB and 256 GB storage.

Shadow Ultra will set users back $24.99 per month on a 12-month plan or $29.99 monthly. Games can be played in 4K with ray tracing, needs an RTX 2080 graphics card or equivalent. A processor of 4GHz - 4 cores, 16 GB Ram and 512 GB storage.

The top tier, Shadow Infinite, costs $39.99 a month on a 12-month plan or $49.99 monthly. It utilises 4K with ray tracing, a Titan RTX graphics card or equivalent, a 4GHz - 6 cores processor, 32 GB Ram and one TB storage.

Boost will be available across the US immediately. However, both Ultra and Infinite will be offered to a limited number of users over the summer before being rolled out to a broader audience later this year.

"We're excited to offer an expanded Shadow experience to even more users throughout the United States," said Shadow CEO Jérôme Arnaud.

"With Shadow's new subscription options, enhanced features, and a stunning new app, we're completely changing the gaming experience."

The company has redesigned Shadow's interface to better the experience on smartphone's, tablets and TV. Shadow is venturing into virtual reality as it launches a VR exploration programme in the US.

To aid its growth and expansion, Shadow has formed a partnership with LG Electronics. As a result, LG has an equity share in Shadow and Shadow projects that utilise the company's products. Overall, Shadow has brought in $110 million in funding – the next stage is for it to launch in South Korea.

"LG is very focused on elevating customer value through cloud-based services," said LG's head of IT business division of the Business Solutions Company Jang Ik-hwan.

"We look forward to collaborating with Shadow's high-performance cloud PC platform to deliver the best and differentiated experience for consumers."

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