As part of your Shadow subscription, Blade promises to offer continual hardware upgrades. When Nvidia releases a top-end graphics card, Shadow users will get access to it. “In two years, your [personal] computer will slowly start to be outdated,” Freund says. “You have to have a new CPU, or other new hardware, and games start to be more and more demanding. This is not the case [for Shadow]. This is a subscription computer, so it’s totally up to date every time.” The cost of these upgrades is accounted for by having users share hardware, and Blade is also planning to offer lower-spec machines at a reduced rate for users who don’t need the latest high-performance hardware for gaming.