Shadow Cloud Gaming PC Review – AAA titles on Android mobiles


Hello, welcome to my channel, my name’s
Mark and you join me as I’m just setting up my very first Virtual PC using Shadow.tech, I’ve been given a month accounts to try this out so I’m just
about to test it. This is designed with gamers in mind, basically you are renting
a PC with very high specs to allow you to play really top-end games. You can use a
laptop or Android and as long as the lags no too great, in theory, you
shouldn’t notice that you’re using a remote PC. I’m really intrigued by this
idea is essentially you are renting a top-end PC for not very much money, saves you a whole load of cash, gaming pcs are very expensive. I’m just setting up the
client on my standard PC now so that I can start configuring the remote PC and then we’ll put it through its paces and see how it performs Once you signed up to
the shallow service you’ll get an email saying it might take five days, in
reality it only took 10 minutes for my Shadow PC to be set up. Once you’ve
installed the app you then have a Windows 10 PC ready for you to set up as
if it was a physical PC. You’ll need at least a 15 Mb connection and in return you’ll
have a PC that can be accessed on Windows, Android, Linux, and iOS is
apparently coming soon. The app is very clean, very simple, you’ve got a few
toggles and various bits and pieces to take a look at; Auto bandwidth, you can
run a speed test, you can enable the microphone these are all going to be
useful features if you’re planning on using this as a streaming PC if you run a speed test it will recommend your speed, it should be noted that I’m with
Virgin Media and I’m on a 200 Mb package and it’s recommended a twenty
seven connection but that’s probably because I’m using powerline. The other
key thing to note here is a lot of things are in beta and one you
definitely want to switch on if you’re going to be gaming with a gamepad is USB
over IP that just allows you to make sure you’re using your peripherals with
the Shadow PC. To access the PC you just press start it will form the connection
and take you to the windows login screen. So I’ve been using this on my main PC
but really this service is better suited for use on lower powered laptops. To help
play games on the laptop I will be using this EasySMX game controller, I’ll
put a link to this in the description below, it can be used with Windows, Xbox
Android and PlayStation and it plugs into your laptop via a small USB dongle. I
just want to show you how this works with the gamepad you can see here I
loaded up the game already and again whenever I’ve played this there’s not
been any difference between this on my PC or laptop and this on the Shadow
apart from everything runs nice and smoothly Looking at the game you can
probably see that it’s not the most demanding of games my laptop can
actually play this no problem so I could play this with my controller on my
laptop without using the Shadow so let’s wrap things up a bit
I know for a fact that No Man’s Sky is a tough game for my laptop I’ve installed
it and you can see this is running on the laptop it’s struggling a little bit
now let’s run it on the shadow so it’s on the same laptop and you can see that
it’s much smoother and it looks like you’re natively playing on the laptop,
but you’re not you’re playing on a remote PC it’s really nice and smooth
and I didn’t find any problems at all it was it was as if I was playing on the
laptop it’s quite a surreal experience when you’ve got it in full screen mode
all of a sudden this laptop that can struggle to play games most of the time can
suddenly play high end bits and pieces. Now let’s test
this out on Android for this experiment I’m going to be using the
droid box I reviewed this previously, quite a long time ago now, it’s still
great box and it has USB ports on which allows me to plug in the controller
dongle which was recognized straightaway. So this is on an Android box I have
contacted the manufacturer about this and they say that it is not really
optimized yet for Android boxes but you can see we’ve got access to games these
are a mixture of games actually so we’ve got some that are on Steam and then
you’ve got some that are on the Origin platform as well so here we’ve got the
same game I showed you before on the laptop but this time it’s very laggy
unfortunately Shadow on an Android box just doesn’t work particular of the
moment and I think that’s a real shame this
would be an amazing app to have an Android box under your TV be able to
access a high end gaming PC. Shadow did say to me that it’s better on a mobile
rather than an Android box so to put that to the test I have installed it on
a OnePlus 6 and I’ve changed a gaming controller to one that’s better suited
for mobile games as it has the holder built in. So I’ve swapped over to using
the Shadow on the OnePlus 6 and it’s incredible, it works beautifully, so I’ve
got it all paired up with the controller and now you can see it is much much
better than on the Android box I’d really hope that it could get this kind
of experience on the Android box instead of just on the phone only because this
is, well I’ve got a full PC on my phone! It’s quite surreal having access
to your Steam library on your mobile you can see here No Man’s Sky working
perfectly well it’s very playable on the phone actually works really well as a
mobile game with this controller I tried quite a few games and almost all
of them played fine, the one that I struggled with was Rocket League for
some reason it occasionally went a little bit glitchy, a little bit laggy,
and wasn’t really a great experience especially when you’re playing against
other people. The slight glitches can mean the difference between scoring or
not scoring which isn’t great in an online game, worth noting that it worked
fine on the Windows version, Rocket League played perfectly. In case
you’re wondering if you have it open on one device and then open it on another
it will shut down on your previously open device and start on your new device.
I’ve really enjoyed using the Shadow system I think this could well be the
future of PC gaming rather than buying expensive equipment instead you will
rent it that remains to be seen how often they will upgrade the hardware to
keep it in line with new kit as it comes out so at the moment they’re on 1080 in
terms of the GTX equivalent but of course they’ve just released the whole
you ray tracing capabilities and this that and the other, when will Shadow update
that? That remains to be seen. It’s amazing that it can be used with USB
peripherals and the little game controller I was using has worked
brilliantly with this have put a link to this in the description as well it’s
only a low-cost one but it worked very well on my PC and also on the Android box there’s
some what to do on the Android box side of things and that’s a real shame
because this could be a Steam link like device imagine if you could have a
little box that’s as long as you’ve got internet connection if you just plug it
into a telly you’re gonna access to this amazing gaming PC so that could be in your
living room or when you’re out and about at a hotel maybe staying over somewhere
of course with wild connection is pretty essential in these situations the laptop
I was using was using wireless I did try it on the BBen laptop which I reviewed
a while ago, doesn’t have the five gigahertz Wi-Fi range that my other
laptop that you’ve seen does have and it really showed everything was quite
choppy so your kits that you’re gonna need at least a 15 Meg connection, I’m on
Virgin Media and have 200, ideally you want to wire this in via an Ethernet plug, the the PC I’ve been using this on a lot is actually wired in Ethernet over
power, so Powerline adapters, and that’s works absolutely fine but if you’re
using a laptop a low-cost laptop and it doesn’t have the faster Wi-Fi you’re
gonna have to figure out where plugging this in controllers are always useful
and of course you’re gonna have to pay the subscription fee if you’re currently
running a low end laptop I think you should definitely give this a go if
you’re curious, I’ve got a discount code for you so it’s normally about £26
a month but using the discount code MarkDraper10 at checkout will get you £10 off, that’s £10 off for a month and then if you decide you don’t
want it you can cancel your subscription its subscription month on month, there’s
no contract involved and once you’ve cancelled I think you get about thirty
days to change your mind and if you don’t change your mind that’s it
your PC is gone you can always reactivate it but you have to go through
the trouble of setting up the PC from scratch again I hope you found this
short overview of the Shadow gaming PC experience useful I’ve really enjoyed it
I will put links in the description below as well as that’s discount code in
case you didn’t catch it I hope you found this short review so if you have
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35 comments

  1. how did you set up controller for shadow i connected mine through blue tooth but can get it to work , use couple controllers

  2. Hey Mark, are you a UK reviewer? I'm from England and looking to get this service, not just for gaming but for production (im a 3d designer and animator and video artist) and looking to see if this service is a great alternative until I get a proper PC

  3. Literally first thing he says is virtual pc when it is Not a virtual machine. Shadow is a real pc being streamed over to you…

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  5. Sometimes there is lag on Android it's to do with the Bluetooth you have to get adaptor and plug it directly into Androids to avoid this issue

  6. So if I cancel my subscription and then reactivate it 2 months down the line I start from scratch. Does that mean my games won't be saved? All mods will be gone?

  7. Hi I have the mobile app but it’s in desktop mode how do I get it into the mobile app mode so it’s easier to navigate?

  8. How do you connect a controller to your phone? I’m on iPhone and I have no idea on how or what controller to buy 😂 please help if you know

  9. i tried this on my moto z play and it lags but it's fine when i try this on my tablet, idk what's wrong is there any fix?

  10. I have doubts about cloud gaming. If too many people sign up there won't be enough servers to handle the volume. At some point they will reach maximum carrying capacity and can't handle any more.

  11. does it work good via cellular network , i travel alot and this would be great if it worked through 4g.

  12. Shame my one doesn't recognise controllers or wheels after I've checked the setting. Customer service are useless too. Just string you along and get you to do the most basic things to try and fix issues. 2 months down the line and still no resolution

  13. so i have to have an account to have games in order to use shadow? i have a ps4 bt this looks really interesting how do i get started with ths? really just w ant to play dbfighterz tbh but to play other classic fighting games or any game iwant would be cool but how would i get any game on pc, they dont just sell at gamestop do they?

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