Amazon announces Luna game-streaming platform

Yolanda Curtis
September 25, 2020

Amazon has revealed their competitor to Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming: Amazon Luna.

Luna also will feature integration of the Amazon-owned Twitch streaming platform, with Amazon announcing "players will see Twitch streams for games in the service, and from Twitch, they'll be able to instantly start playing Luna games".

Amazon is launching a cloud gaming service called Luna that will stream games to PC, Mac, and Fire TV devices, as well as web apps for iPhone and iPad.

Features seem to vary by Luna channel - Luna+ offers support for streaming on up to 2 devices at the same time, while the Ubisoft channel is limited to just one. Google made much the same pitch with Stadia and YouTube Gaming, but that dream hasn't been fully realized yet. Those games will stream at up to 4k but it sounds like most titles will be at 1080P. But no pricing was announced for this additional channel.What do you think of the Amazon Luna? Like Stadia, Luna will have a library of games, but from what we can gather, access to games is based on a subscription model.

Starting with a small portfolio of games during a restricted preview period should give Amazon time to work on unique aspects of the service such as avoiding lags in graphics, referred to as latency, that tend to infuriate players, according to the analyst. Amazon didn't say anything about Prime subscribers getting access to Luna, unfortunately.

Amazon says that the service will be browser-based, utilizing web apps for streaming. So the company will not produce any kind Luna-dedicated hardware, with a unique exception - The Amazon Luna Controller.

The Luna Controller is designed so that it can connect directly to the cloud when you're using it with an Amazon Fire TV Stick. With this controller, you will also be able to instantly switch between devices as it's not paired to any one of them directly. Users who subscribe to this channel (which is separate from a Luna+ subscription) will receive access to Ubisoft titles in up to 4K resolution, mobile gameplay, and access to new titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals: Fenyx Rising day and date with their release.

On the Mac, the system can be played with the $49.99 Luna Controller. US users can request early access starting on Thursday.

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