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.
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.
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.