The PC of your Dreams? It’s Right Here.
How we Make a gaming PC (and what's coming next)— July 29th, 2019 ago
At Shadow, we’ve taken great lengths to ensure that your cloud computer is powerful, stable, and unique to you.
It hasn't been an easy journey, but so far we’ve had amazing results. After years of hard work your Shadow is more awesome than ever, and gaming through Shadow is an even more mind-blowing experience. But there’s still work to do - and we will get there faster with a little help from you.
Shadow is evolving
The Shadow that you currently know and love is not final. We’re constantly changing while focusing on three main objectives: improving our performance, stability and the customizable aspects of our service to ensure that we’re giving you the best cloud gaming experience possible. Along the way we are going to tell you everything we are doing to make Shadow perfect.
Yep. Everything. From now on, we want to share our entire journey with you; insights into our work, our short & long term goals, and more.
We’ll be publishing a series of articles over the coming months, covering every feature we’ve worked on so far, what we’re currently doing and what we hope to do in the future.
You’ll be able to see exactly how we’re making your Shadow even better, and you'll also have the opportunity to provide vital feedback which will help us create the best cloud gaming experience.
Let’s take a look at what we’ve achieved so far, and what we hope to achieve next.
We’ve enhanced performance, image quality and more
For those who are new to Shadow, we’ve spent the past few years working on what we know gamers want. Perfect performance, gorgeous graphics, and for your parents to stop demanding your attention when you’re in the middle of an online battle (“this game doesn’t pause, mom!”).
We’re pleased to say that we’ve been able to help with the first two things - and more, besides. Our hardworking devs have spent hundreds of hours on improving Shadow, sprucing up your network management & audio; and reducing latency and bandwidth requirements.
There’s still work to be done, but we’re heading in the right direction.
We’ve made your Shadow ultra-accessible… and fast, too
With the dawn of 5G, Netflix and Amazon Prime, waiting for stuff is a thing of the past; this includes waiting for your account to boot up. Where once you might’ve had to twiddle your thumbs for a couple of hours to access your Shadow, you can now get online in a few minutes or almost instantly with a rocket-fire internet connection.
It doesn’t matter where you are or what device you’re using either. iPhones, tablets, and even the biggest cinema screen in Europe, you can now access Shadow on almost any platform without, having to compromise performance. Can someone say “hell yeah?”.
Our devs overhauled Shadow’s architecture to create a new, unified client called Copperfield. They made it so all desktop applications you access on Shadow use common code and libraries. This change helps our devs deliver unbeatable performance across all of your platforms. (Yep. They’re wizards.)
Copperfield is all behind the scenes stuff. You won’t be able to see any of these changes, but what you can see is our brand-new Quick Menu! This allows you to control and monitor your Shadow while in-game, without having to return to the main screen - something that’s sure to come in handy when you’re halfway through an epic boss battle.
We’ve kept your data safe
Let’s face it; Local PCs are fickle. Failures happen, crashes occur, and, thanks to the blue screen of death, all of the progress you made on Dark Souls II can disappear in the blink of an eye; along with your sanity.
This is not the case with Shadow. We’ve made sure that your data can’t be lost in the event of a crash or accidental failure, thanks to a little something we call a “Redundancy System”. The Redundancy System copies your data in real time to a recovery disk. No matter what happens, you won’t lose any precious progress.
We’ve made Shadow more unique
While we still have some way to go in making your Shadow customizable, we have developed remote USB functionality. This means, you can access your cloud network on almost any USB-friendly hardware. That can be anything from a keyboard and mouse to a USB toaster. It's never a bad time for toast.
We’ve also optimized Shadow for microphones so that you can chat with your friends in crystal clear quality while fighting n00bs through the cloud. Nice.
So… what’s next?
although we’ve made a lot of improvements, we still have plenty of goals we want to achieve.
We want to make sure the amazing performance you experience through Shadow continues. By providing automatic updates to your cloud PC and making improvements to Shadow, we plan to give you uncompromised gaming brilliance from the moment you subscribe.
We’re also working on making your Shadow available through as many connection types and hardware as possible; from the ultra-modern to the old-school. Currently, we’re looking at reducing bandwidth needs while making Shadow compatible with even older tech.
Your dream gaming rig is coming
At Shadow, we work around the clock to make sure that your cloud computer is always improving - making it more personal, powerful and performance-friendly for you, the players.
We’ll be posting more updates over the coming months, so keep checking back to find out what we’re up to, what’s coming next, and to provide feedback about your Shadow and what features you would like for the future.
Together, we’ll create the world’s sexiest cloud computer. Because that’s what heroes do.
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