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Play Cyberpunk 2077 on Shadow


The hardware requirements of Cyberpunk 2077 are not really low, so you quickly have to decide to upgrade your PC or to look for other alternatives.

Cyberpunk 2077 is currently on everyone's lips with lots of positive and negative headlines about the game. In this article we want to go into more detail about the hardware and the possibilities for playing and finally show our personal impressions.



The hardware required to be able to play the title fairly smoothly poses a greater challenge for some players. Even our gaming PC is getting on in years and with a first look at the basic settings we only end up in the low/medium range of the possible settings. We use an Intel Core i5 (6600) with 8 GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 970 as the graphics card.

For this reason, we wanted to take a look at the game on our shadow computer in the cloud and compare what the hardware in a data center can do and what it looks like with the game.



It looks different with the Shadow Boost package. Here we only use the basic package and not the Ultra or Infinite Edition in order to be able to make a comparison with our gaming PC. After starting the game and looking at the settings, we see the first big difference, the settings are all set to Ultra.


What is Shadow anyway? Shadow is a real PC in the cloud. This is located in a data center of your choice or near you. For example, our computer is in a data center near Paris. You access this computer remotely with an app (for PC, Mac, iOS, Android) and can use it for everything. Windows 10 is installed by default and you only have to install the necessary games and software to get started right away. Another important point is a fast internet connection with at least 35-50 Mbit.



However, the latency to the shadow computer is also important for remote gaming. If the latency is too high, you notice lags in the inputs via mouse and keyboard and the game feels spongy. In the ultra setting of the game, the noise floor in the game looks like this:


With almost 30 FPS the game runs reasonably well, but here you should lower the graphics a bit and turn off some effects. This makes the picture even clearer and the performance continues to increase and delivers more FPS. Since only the corresponding image for the resolution is transmitted here, you end up with a basic rate of approx. 30 Mbit per second of transmission.


Hint: You are not alone on a server, but share the resources in a server rack with other players. In the 90 hours we had about 5 hours in which the latency slipped to 300-400 MS and the game was actually no longer playable.



We have currently spent around 90 hours in the game and played with an ultrawide monitor (resolution of 2560 x 1080). So far no problem for the game, but when we switched from the game to the inventory, we noticed that the resolution was then reduced to a "normal" monitor and we got black bars at the side.


At this point in time (version 1.05) the game has been very stable so far and we haven't had a single crash on the PC. Every now and then you can see a few graphic bugs, wrong assets or a car flying out of the sky. But compared to the season, the mistakes made up only a small part and have so far not spoiled the fun. But you can also wait for a few patches from CD Project Red so that the game receives the necessary fine-tuning.

In terms of the story, the game is absolutely brilliant and the romance stories in the game round off the overall result up to the happy end of the story and tie the player to the screen. In the open world, you should think of The Witcher rather than GTA when you play, then the game will definitely not disappoint. Therefore a clear recommendation from our side to play.



If you don't want to buy a new computer to play Cyberpunk 2077, you can rent one in the cloud. Even the smallest configuration of the Shadow computer offers a very nice gaming experience with a decent internet connection.

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