Amazon Presents its ‘Luna’ Cloud Gaming Service

Joanna Estrada
September 29, 2020

Last week, Amazon launched Luna, a new cloud-based gaming subscription service that users can play on their favorite devices, no console required.

Today, at its hardware 2020 event, Amazon had a bunch of announcements related to both hardware and services.

Amazon has announced its own cloud game streaming service in the form of Luna, with an aim to compete with Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, Nvidia GeForce Now, and anywhere else that decides cloud gaming is a good idea. Amazon has confirmed that Luna will make its way to Android at a later date. Rumors about Amazon's cloud gaming platform have been circulating since a year ago.

How Is The Amazon Luna Expected To Work?

Amazon's new offering could help raise more awareness and push the trend toward cloud gaming, but will it be able to stand out from the pack? The first channel is the Luna Plus channel will consist of games like Resident Evil 7, Control, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, GRID, ABZU, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Panzer Dragoon.

Amazon Launches Luna, a Cloud-Based Gaming Subscription Service
Amazon Introduces Luna, a New Video Recreation Streaming Service

If you're already interested in Amazon's Luna gaming service, you can request an early access invitation from the company's official website. These titles and others will be streaming at a maximum of 1080p resolution and 60fps at launch, but 4K support is also coming soon.

"We're proud to be working alongside Amazon on Luna, utilizing the power of cloud gaming to provide our players with another way to access our games, wherever they are", said Chris Early, senior vice president of partnerships and revenue for Ubisoft. Amazon is also offering an Ubisoft channel offering games like "Assassin's Creed Valhalla", for a price that's yet to be announced.

According to Amazon, Luna will have various channels and these channels will contain various games from different genres.

"The cool thing is you can start watching the stream and decide if that's really a game for you", said Knight, the Luna director. Amazon says it wants to help devs prevent spending a ton of additional time and effort porting games over to Luna, and they can use its existing services rather than having to code completely new ones. You can also use mouse and keyboard if you play games on your PC. However, so far it is set to be available on the Fire TV, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad. One can also get the new wireless Luna controller priced at $49.99 (approximately Rs 3,700) during the early access period for a full experience of the gaming service. Naturally, it will be powered by AWS, Amazon's ubiquitous web platform. As new features and content are added for Luna customers, the backend tech that's driving it all will also be frequently refreshed. But Amazon will have to spend a hefty amount of money on Luna to boost its popularity during the early days, especially since there are so many alternative choices that are already on the market and fully functional. By choosing to participate, invited gamers will have the opportunity to contribute feedback that will inform future Luna features and development.

What Will the Amazon Luna Have?

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