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Shadow is described as 'Thanks to the Shadow apps, any under-powered PC, old Mac or smartphone becomes a high-end Windows 10 machine. Start a game in front of the television and finish it on the go. Work with 3D rendering software on a tablet. Give the best you have to give. Anytime' and is a Cloud Computing service in the network & admin category. There are nine alternatives to Shadow for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, Online / Web-based and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Loudplay. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Parsec or GeForce NOW. Other great apps like Shadow are Xbox Cloud Gaming, Amazon Luna, Paperspace and Boosteroid.

Shadow alternatives are mainly Cloud Computing Services but may also be Remote Desktop Tools or Virtualization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Shadow.
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  1. Loudplay icon

    Loudplay

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    8 alternatives to Loudplay 

    Your powerful computer in the cloud. Play your favorite games on your old computer without lags and freezes.

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    Parsec

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    20 alternatives to Parsec 

    Parsec lets you join and control a computer remotely in low latency, 60 FPS and HD, as if you were in front of that computer.

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    1.  MultiplayerParsec offers a game mode for more than one player.
    2.  LightweightParsec consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Support for Multiple MonitorsParsec supports the use of multiple displays.
    4.  Unattended AccessParsec can access a computer even when no one’s being physically present at the remote end.
    5.  Ad-freeParsec doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    6.  Desktop SharingParsec enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    7.  End-to-End EncryptionParsec has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    8.  PortableParsec can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    9.  Two-factor AuthenticationParsec supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
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    Parsec while connected to a game
    Arcade tab - List of public games
    Parsec vs Shadow opinions
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    Parsec started out as a VPN gaming service for peer-to-peer game sharing, but they now have a cloud gaming marketplace that partners with Paperspace and Amazon platforms to use their computers via the Parsec software.

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    Parsec is more screen sharing than anything else, while shadow is more like having your own VM in the cloud

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    It streams your desktop to another computer or device allowing for remote access. Shadow has gaming computers set up elsewhere that you pay to access remotely. They are similar, but basically have opposite functionality.

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    mindofjael

    not a actual pc alternative, more like PCAnywhere

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    Parsec changed business.. They dont offer anymore the streaming cloud like Shadow.

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    This is now a screen-sharing app, Parsec no longers sells servers.

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    Guest

    Parsec is for arcade based games and sharing screens for shared play

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    GeForce NOW

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    9 alternatives to GeForce NOW 

    GeForce NOW gives gamers the freedom to enjoy high-performance PC gaming just about anywhere. It connects a wide range of Windows and macOS computers to supercomputers in the cloud, streaming 1080p graphics at up to 120 frames per second.

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    1.  Ad-freeGeForce NOW doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    GeForce NOW vs Shadow opinions
    Most users think GeForce NOW is a great alternative to Shadow.
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    Not a computer. Also interface is poorly designed, connection with gaming applications like steam or gog is painful and compatibility with games is very limited

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    Although both services allow for cloud gaming, Geforce Now is not a complete alternative because it only has a selection of games, whereas Shadow lets you install any PC game. Shadow gives you an entire PC.

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    Xbox Cloud Gaming

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    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Xbox
    8 alternatives to Xbox Cloud Gaming 

    Xbox Cloud Gaming is our technology that allows you to play over 100 console games on the devices you already have with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and a compatible controller. As part of your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, you can enjoy the console games you love, the people...

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    1.  Controller SupportXbox Cloud Gaming supports the use of a controller (XBOX, PlayStation, etc.).
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    Amazon Luna

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Fire TV
    9 alternatives to Amazon Luna 

    Amazon Luna is a cloud gaming platform developed and operated by Amazon. Cloud gaming enables you to play games without the need to purchase a console or gaming PC. Games live in the cloud, no lengthy downloads, installs, or updates required.

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    Paperspace

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    22 alternatives to Paperspace 

    Paperspace wraps powerful technology in a simple interface that anyone can understand. Get a new computer in less than 5 minutes, zero configuration required

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    Requires 5 users minimum to subscribe

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    Boosteroid

    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    9 alternatives to Boosteroid 

    Boosteroid is a cloud gaming platform.

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    PlayKey

    • Mac
    • Windows
    5 alternatives to PlayKey 

    Playkey cloud gaming technology allows you to play games instantly without downloads and installations. Players may rent computing power from the cloud, then stream games to their low-end computer.

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    Frame

    9 alternatives to Frame 

    If you’re looking for a cloud computer for yourself, frame personal FRAME PERSONAL is hard to beat. Starting at under $10 a month, you’ll get your own personal cloud computer to install and run all your Windows apps, directly from your browser.

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