So instead of owning a gaming PC, you can rent one, but is it worth it?
My journey began with Stadia because my old PC couldn’t run Cyberpunk 2077 - in hindsight I would have been better off with GeForce Now since your games are locked with the Stadia Platform - all the other platforms let you use you Steam Library or own binaries, on the other side is Stadia free if you own the game.
GeForce Now is my go-to nowadays - it costs 9.99€ a month and connects with your Steam, Origin and Ubisoft Library, but not all games are available. There is also a free tier if you are willing to wait, but I am not. Also, the session is limited to 1 hour on the free tier and 4 on the paid tier. You can relogin instantly but it can be annoying. A bit plus: All games are predownloaded an installed, and you don’t have to pay for file space
Paperspace lets you rent a Windows Computer with a GPU for ~0.55€/hr + 10€ for 250 GB storage. However, their main focus is machine learning. I use this for everything that does not run on GeForce Now
Shadow Tech has the same model as Paperspace but uses a Flat rate Price Model it’s 29.99€ (including 250G Storage) which translates to 30 to 40 hrs on Paperspace, depending on the Machine you rented. Paperspace usually has more RAM and Shadow Tech has a slightly better CPU RTX 400 vs GTX 1080
You own PC?
What would your own PC cost? I quickly added some parts together and landed at 1340€. So let’s assume you need to buy a new PC every 6 years, then this PC would cost you 18,63€ a month - not taking power into account.
For me at least, GeForce plus supplementary paperspace is the way to go. I play too little for Shadow Techs Flat rate to break even for me, and I have access to high-speed internet connections. If you are wondering about high pings: Most Gaming Servers are in the same data center as the gaming pc, so the ping is 8ms extra to your ping to your gaming rig. So that’s pretty okay.
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