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New Chapter: May Update

New Chapter: May Update
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Hey #TeamShadow

We’re a month deep into the new chapter of Shadow (already). As we continue to lay the groundwork, there’s been promising progress on all fronts. 

Here’s the latest you need to know. And in case you missed it, check out our week 1 recap here

Strengthening team with new talent
Since the start of the new chapter, we’ve been busy making adjustments to our team. This means shifting people to new roles, rethinking our processes and redefining what each department does. 

But what’s more exciting is that we’ll be welcoming a new wave of Shadowers to the team. By the end of 2021, we plan to bring on as many as 30 talented new hires to strengthen and deepen our current staff. Thanks to these reinforcements, we’ll be able to work harder, better, faster, stronger - you know like that one song? And who knows, maybe you’ll be joining us soon. Keep an eye out on our career page for upcoming openings. 

What’s up with the new offers?
Each week, we take one step closer towards establishing our new sole offer, called ‘Shadow’. Next step: you can expect emails about the price adjustment this month with information about your particular case. 

And we’re quite chuffed about the new ‘Shadow’ offer too. Now that we’re financially backed by Jezby Ventures, we don’t have the constant burden that comes with the #startuplife: endless fundraising rounds, lack of resources, pressured demands for hyper growth...you get the picture. Instead, we can focus first and foremost on building a great product and experience for you that will be sustainable for years to come. 

OVHcloud relationship
We also kicked off discussions with OVHcloud, who are now considered a sister company of ours. With their expertise lying in all things infrastructure and hardware, we put our heads together to understand how to best use our complementary forces to #MakeShadowGreatAgain. 

One thing’s for sure. With their help, we will be able to activate users at a faster rate, grow faster thanks to existing infrastructure and provide regular hardware upgrades, which was the founding vision for Shadow. 

Data migration
As we begin to shape the new Shadow offer, it’s important all users are placed within our planned infrastructure to ensure a consistent experience. With this in mind, we began a migration process last week of additional storage add-ons to our new servers, which were previously hosted with old partners.   

Testing new ways to connect with the community
Last week, we performed an initial test on Discord with their new “Stage” feature. We chatted about what’s been happening at Shadow lately and invited community members on the virtual stage to introduce themselves, ask questions, and share their experience with Shadow. With lots of positive feedback, we will be hopping back on the virtual stage soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

Social Media Activity 
As Shadow’s reboot takes shape, we’ve decided to pause regular social media posts for now. During this transitional phase, we will reduce the noise and share information that is only essential: updates about the company and product. This means in the meantime, we’re relying on you to keep churning out the memes, battlestations and wallpapers. 


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Before you increase the price you should first get your system up and running. You have had problems in amsterdam for a month and a half and gaming is frustrated and delayed. What about all the people who have their servers in amsterdam ??? Should they continue to have a long game system and pay more for it ??? That's really annoying!

They are going to do what they want to do comment moderation proves that.

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Today I got my activation and I want to share my initial impressions. First of all I signed up on the 25th of December 2020 and got activated on the 21st of July 2021. I will say right of the bat that my expectations were not very high and they were greatly exceded in all departments. I didn’t test it thoroughly, this are just my first impressions.

I have the fastest internet available in my region, Shadow detects 60MB/S down and 25MB/S up. Latency is 15-35 ms.  The connection status detected is “great”. I am roughly 2000 km away from the data center and I have no input lag, no  atifacts, it’s flawless. I tried most streaming services, in my experience Stadia is the worst, Game Pass is mid range and GFN is flawless in terms of user experience. GFN’s data center is 200 km away from me and between it and Shadow there is no extra input lag.

Regarding performance I was very surprised, I ran Cyberpunk with 1080p on ultra settings while Windows was updating and I had 40-50 FPS. I was expecting 30 FPS tops on ultra. Cyberpunk is a very demanding game. Sure, no ray tracing, no DLSS but it is good enough for me. Yes, with GFN I got 30 FPS on ultra, max ray tracing and DLSS set to quality but that is comparing apples to oranges. This is a desktop experience and for me it is perfect. 

Download speed on Steam excedes 100 MB/S, witch more that makes up for the limited storage. I will definitely upgrade the storage and the GPU if and when it will be possible. 

I thought I will use Shadow just for some games that are not on GFN and some lite video editing but after I experienced it I am canceling my GFN Founders subscription. GFN,  even if it has more powerful machines it is an inferior experience. 

I read all you guys had to say about Shadow, the price increase, being bought and their new policies. If you read my previous posts I had a lot of bad things to say about the service before I tried it. Obviously this is subjective but after actually using it I think I was wrong. The price is competitive. Show me a similar service that is cheaper. There isn’t one. Once I launch Shadow on my old Windows or Linux machine I forget that it doesn’t run locally, and I am willing to pay for this experience. 

For me Shadow was love at first boot.   

 

Today I got my activation and I want to share my initial impressions. First of all I signed up on the 25th of December 2020 and got activated on the 21st of July 2021. I will say right of the bat that my expectations were not very high and they were greatly exceded in all departments. I didn’t test it thoroughly, this are just my first impressions.

I have the fastest internet available in my region, Shadow detects 60MB/S down and 25MB/S up. Latency is 15-35 ms.  The connection status detected is “great”. I am roughly 2000 km away from the data center and I have no imput lag, no  atifacts, it’s flawless. I tried most streaming services, in my experience Stadia is the worst, Game Pass is mid range and GFN is flawless in terms of user experience.

Regarding performance I was very surprised, I ran Cyberpunk with 1080p on ultra settings while Windows was updating and I had 40-50 FPS. I was expecting 30 FPS tops on ultra. Cyberpunk is a very demanding game. Sure, no ray tracing, no DLSS but it is good enough for me. Yes, with GFN I got 30 FPS on ultra, max ray tracing and DLSS set to quality but that is comparing apples to oranges. This is a desktop experience and for me it is perfect. 

Download speed on Steam excedes 100 MB/S, witch more that makes up for the limited storage. I will definitely upgrade the storage and the GPU if and when it will be possible. 

I thought I will use Shadow just for some games that are not on GFN and some lite video editing but after I experienced it I am canceling my GFN Founders subscription. GFN,  even if it has more powerful machines it is an inferior experience. 

I read all you guys had to say about Shadow, the price increase, being bought and their new policies. If you read my previous posts I had a lot of bad things to say about the service before I tried it. Obviously this is subjective but after actually using it I think I was wrong. The price is competitive. Show me a similar service that is cheaper. There isn’t one. Once I launch Shadow on my old Windows or Linux machine I forget that it doesn’t run locally, and I am willing to pay for this experience. 

For me Shadow was love at first boot.   
 

Thank you for sharing it with us! 👍🏾😊

 

Am very happy for your success...I will wait with joy in my heart...☺️

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I am a big Arch Linux fan for many reasons, the Linux purists out there know why. Unfortunately Shadow is only supported on Ubuntu, most popular and also the worst Linux of all. Of course there is a community made Shadow program for Arch but it doesn't really work. I guess i'll use Ubuntu locally and Windows 11 in the cloud. On second thought Ubuntu is based on Debian (wich is actually really good). Maybe I will be able to install the native Shadow prog on a Debian distro.