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PC Gaming Cloud Service By Blade Launched In US

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Gaming PCs are becoming more expensive by the day and this goes doubly true for those who are planning on building their own rigs thanks to the soaring prices of GPUs due to crypto mining. As such, this is the perfect time for the company called Blade to start offering its services to US customers. Clients basically pay a subscription fee to use a powerful gaming PC without ever actually seeing it.

The whole thing is done using cloud streaming, where the rig would be placed somewhere else and customers access it remotely. This removes the need to buy their own PC for gaming and could potentially save them a lot of money in the process. It can be thought of as Netflix for PC gaming and as of right now, the service is available in California, The Verge reports.

The base price for using the service is $49.95 a month, which users can pay for and continue or quit as they please. They could also choose the cheaper $34.95 a month plan, but that would entail a commitment that lasts for one year.

As to what players would then get with those subscriptions, access to a gaming rig that’s worth $2,000 and all of its features is the main sticking point. Each rig will only be used by one client throughout the duration of their subscription, as well, so there’s no need to worry about sharing with others.

As VentureBeat notes, Blade is basically jumping on the trend that involves the end of the concept of ownership. As other startups such as Uber have proven, people are quite interested in simply using the stuff or amenities owned by others for a fee instead of getting them for themselves.

In the case of PC gaming, the advancements in technology with regards to internet connectivity and cloud access have made it possible to use devices remotely. Blade plans on expanding its services beyond California by this year, as well.

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