Bandwidth: Shadow gets 'power upgrade' as Sony confirms dates for new PlayStation Plus

Bandwidth: Shadow gets ‘power upgrade’ as Sony confirms dates for new PlayStation Plus

Lesser-known cloud gaming service Shadow is getting a “power upgrade” this week, with a new subscription option that adds the power of an RTX 3070 GPU and more.

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Shadow gets a “Power Upgrade” for $45/month

Shadow is a cloud gaming service that’s great for more than just gaming. The service lets users stream a full Windows PC, complete with the ability to play games, run powerful programs, and even use virtual reality in the cloud.

This week, Shadow is adding a “Power Upgrade” tier for players who want to upgrade the service’s graphics capabilities. The add-on upgrade works with the basic $29.99 subscription service and brings the total cost to $45/month. This new tier uses an AMD EPYC 7543P processor, 16GB of RAM, and GPUs equivalent to the RTX 3070. You can’t choose an exact GPU, but you’ll get an AMD or Nvidia GPU in this base class. Either way, it’s a huge upgrade over the GTX 1080 that powers existing subscriptions.

Shadow has also announced that it will be coming to Austria and Canada later this year. Pre-orders for the “Power Upgrade” begin in the coming months.

Sony confirms PlayStation Plus launch dates

This week, Sony confirmed the launch schedule for its revamped PlayStation Plus subscription, which will integrate the cloud gaming-focused PlayStation Now. The launch begins in Asia next week and expands to the United States by June 13.

  • Asian markets (excluding Japan) – targeting May 23, 2022 (May 24, 2022 in local time zone)
  • Japan – targeting June 1, 2022 (June 2, 2022 in local time zone)
  • Americas – targeting June 13, 2022
  • Europe, Australia, New Zealand – targeting June 22, 2022 (June 23, 2022 in local time zone)

GeForce Now adds Fortnite touch controls

Nvidia this week launched support for the hit game Fortnite with full touch controls on mobile devices, a real boost for those playing on iOS and Android where the game is not distributed through traditional means.

Along with this announcement, Nvidia has added a few new titles to the service.

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