Shadow is revamping its cloud gaming offerings with a brand new 3-tier pricing plan, brand new smartphone apps with fast launching for your favorite games, and the ability to stream PC VR games straight to your Oculus Quest. The new 3-tier pricing plan includes a more affordable pricing plan that’s half the price of the original, as well as an “infinite” tier plan that offers a significantly more powerful gaming experience. Both the existing “ultra” plan and the new, more expensive “Infinite” plan include the ability to utilize NVIDIA’s RTX ray tracing on new games and support for up to 144 FPS; a big deal for folks who don’t want to shell out thousands for a new PC.
While pricing details can be found in the chart below, the gist of it is this: $11.99 a month nets you a killer gaming rig that can be played on virtually any platform you enjoy using. Whether it’s from your smartphone at work, through a TV powered by Android TV, your work laptop or, soon, through the Oculus Quest, Shadow’s Windows 10-powered VMs can play any game you own on any platform you’ve purchased it through. That last part is the key to what makes Shadow special and different from services like Stadia and GeForce Now, where games either have to be specifically developed and approved for those platforms or else risk being pulled from the store.
Shadow is debuting brand new apps for Android phones, tablets, and Android TV to make it easy to play your games anywhere. These new apps include quick access tiles that let you pin your favorite games and launch them in seconds from any device. Since this is a virtual machine and not a curated service, you’ll be able to log into your Shadow account and play any game you currently own on any store, including Steam, GOG, Epic Games, and anything else you can think of.
The Shadow VR Exploration Program for Oculus Quest begins April 1, with sign-ups starting today, March 12. You can express your interest and sign up on Shadow’s website. The Shadow VR app is an Oculus Quest-exclusive venture for now, as it will enable players to utilize the freedom of the Oculus Quest while still being able to harness the power of PC VR, all without the tether that Oculus Link requires. Shadow is requiring that applicants be close to a datacenter to enroll for this beta, and you can find those details through the signup page.