I've just taken the step to order from Shadow today.
I will definitely point out that I do not expect to use this for competitive gaming at all.
I am really trying to see if the service is useful (and usable) from South Africa for casual gaming, working and some more.
I will however attempt competitive gaming on: CSGO [Europe servers and SA for the sake of testing], PUBG [In Europe servers, which, will likely result in similar latency as we play with here BUT in better quality [Or just FPS]], GTAV online [SA and Europe by joining friends].
I do however have to wait a while for activation, I will video some results if I get the time.
Thanks for reading!
I live in a tiny flat and am quite desperate to have a really clean living space.
Having lived in tiny little flats in several building complexes, I've been researching and testing thin clients and KVM solutions and MDC's and off for almost a decade.
Even a computer screen and keyboard feels like a desecration of my living space... adding a noise-polluting, power sucking computer box makes the place unlivable. That, coupled with the hours it takes setting up most games, really ruins the experience for me... My best month of the last three years was when I took all the computers to the garage and only had a tiny little laptop that I can hide out of sight when work is over...
I can't begin to explain to you how wonderful it feels to have a clean, minimalist home, that's neat as a pin... and if you work with computers, just the sight of a computer reminds you of work and makes it harder for you to relax or switch off.
Of course this is SA, and I am a unique individual and hardly representative of the market, so my suspicion is that until the technology to do this is commoditized, this will be a niche market, and a company like Shadow will not deploy any infrastructure here, so it will fall to someone like you, or me, who wants to build this for ourselves - and maybe some friends.
My thinking has been - if I could just run an ethernet cable to my computer, and get all the performance, I'm sold. For great quality VR, shrinking the end-user device enough to make this possible might take another few years, and the ability to have bigger devices hidden in a data room or data center somewhere, we should always be able to offer more performance than an "edge" device.
Well, I'm finally there, I've got 10GbE sub 10ms latency to most fiber ISPs, and have a proof of concept that works on Nvidia - haven't managed to get Radeon down to the low latency needed for remote display.
If you're willing or able to help setting up something like this, any part of it - creating a website or marketing it to test the demand, help with Linux configuration, embedded systems, software development or you can help finance the operation, or negotiate a great deal with Shadow so we don't have to do our own R&D (or if you've tried) - (not holding my breath, they will almost certainly give us unmeetable targets)... so whichever way, I'd love to put the tech on the table to enable any ISP to offer this - if you're keen to help solve the problem, get in touch!
repsonse time is too long for useful reaction time for any form of real time gaming... but should be fine for turn based stuff (like chess heh heh heh) and of course non game activities that can use a high powered machine.