Streaming games, as if they are playing them for playing and not just watching, look like they will be the next big thing in the gaming market. Shadow offers a unique information about this service, and today they have announced an improved hardware component, Shadow Ghost.
A small context: The Shadow service is similar to game streams such as PlayStation Now or GeForce Now. But instead of uploading for a large library of games, you can spare "renting" a remote, virtualized gaming PC with a GTX 1080 card equivalent, and fill it in with the PC games you already own. For $ 35 a month, you can access your dial-up connection and play your games on Windows, MacOS or Android.
But there is no easy way to get any of these platforms to play well with a TV. Shadow Ghost is the solution. A development of the previous Shadow Box unit and vaguely reminiscent of the steam link is Ghost designed to remove any compromises of streaming games that are currently possible. Its powerful, fan-free hardware can still pump out 4K games at 60 frames per second or 1080p at 144Hz for the fast-paced shooting and fighting games.
It has a 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection (up to 400 megabits per second), but you want to use the gigabit Ethernet port for the best possible connection. (The shadow recommends an internet connection with at least 25 Mbps and a low ping.) In addition to the Ethernet port, it also plays USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 4.1, which should include most control and mouse / keyboard inputs.
The device is much smaller than a standard game console, only 7.2 inches wide over the size of an old CD player. The black case looks great, but it can be a bit tricky to fit in your entertainment center if you are used to black boxes. Shadow Ghost is on sale today from the Shadow website for $ 140.