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Free Shadow Alternatives

The best free alternative to Shadow is Parsec. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Shadow and five of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Shadow are GeForce NOW, Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming and Monflo.

Shadow alternatives are mainly Remote Desktop Tools but may also be Cloud Computing Services or Virtualization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Shadow.
This page was last updated Jun 8, 2022
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  1. Parsec

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    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.

    Parsec vs Shadow opinions
    Some users think Parsec is a great alternative to Shadow, some don't.
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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.

    Top positive comment  about 3 years ago
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    Parsec is more screen sharing than anything else, while shadow is more like having your own VM in the cloud

    Top negative comment  about 2 years ago
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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.

    Negative comment 27 days ago
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    not a actual pc alternative, more like PCAnywhere

    Negative comment 7 months ago
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    Parsec changed business.. They dont offer anymore the streaming cloud like Shadow.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    This is now a screen-sharing app, Parsec no longers sells servers.

    Negative comment almost 2 years ago
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    Parsec is for arcade based games and sharing screens for shared play

    Negative comment about 2 years ago
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  2. GeForce NOW

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    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.

    GeForce NOW vs Shadow opinions
    Most users think GeForce NOW is a great alternative to Shadow.

    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

    Negative comment 8 months ago
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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.

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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  3. Stadia

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Chromecast

    Stadia is Google's new cloud-based gaming platform that allows you to play your favourite hit video games across screens instantly.

    Stadia vs Shadow opinions
    Some users think Stadia is a great alternative to Shadow, some don't.

    Does not provide a full desktop, you will need to buy games

    Negative comment almost 2 years ago
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  4. Xbox Cloud Gaming

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Xbox

    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.

  5. Monflo

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android

    Control your Windows desktop, show presentations and access files from your personal computer with your Android mobile device or from another PC computer. All in lag-less performance and up to 4K quality.

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    This is screen sharing rather then cloud computing.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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