Amazon has finally announced its entry into the rapidly growing cloud gaming industry with its Luna service. Amazon Luna cloud gaming platform is coming to the PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. The Android version is slated for arrival a few weeks after the service goes live all across. The cloud gaming service will begin early access starting from next month.
As part of the initial worldwide release, the marketing hook entails a lineup of attractive titles including Ubisoft and Capcom libraries consisting of new and classic titles.
What Is Amazon Luna?
At its core, Luna is an innovative mixture of the Prime Video subscription model mashed up with Twitch connected to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and bundled in a gamepad powered by Alexa.
Luna is Amazon’s answer to Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia.
Luna will also take inspiration from Amazon Prime Video service in that it presents users with multiple channels dedicated to specific genres and content. One of the first few high profile channels will be Ubisoft with day-one access to titles like Far Car 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Immortals Fenyx Rising. The subscription price for Ubisoft’s channel is not yet disclosed.
Moreover, Sega and 505 Games have thrown their full support behind the Luna Cloud Service evidenced by the inclusion of games like Metro Exodus, Control, Overcooked 2, Resident Evil 7, and many other beloved titles making up the launch day offering.
Players can sign up for an October invite via Amazon. Subscriptions start at $5.99 a month.
It seems like existing Amazon Prime subscribers will not get Luna access at a discount, not during the initial rollout phase at least.
Luna Gaming Resolution:
When it comes to Luna games resolution, in the beginning, it will aim at achieving 1080p and 60fps at a consistent level. Amazon is targeting to hit the ideal 4K at 60fps as the service gathers full steam.
Amazon is offering a Luna controller up for sale at $50. The device is capable of directly communicating with games running via the cloud, similar to Google’s Stadia controller.
Here are the screenshots of the controller itself:
Internet Connection Requirements:
The online gaming platform will require a 10mbps internet connection for stable gameplay at a 1080p Full HD resolution.
4K resolution gameplay on the cloud gaming service will need at least a 35mbps internet connection speed.
Amazon Luna Launch Trailer:
If you want to join Luna cloud gaming, visit this link here to request early access.
Luna Supported Devices:
Luna’s early access begins in October. In the early phase, you will be able to play games online on devices on the following platforms:
- PC Windows and laptop
- Mac, iMac, MacBook, macOS
- Amazon Fire TV
- iOS, iPhone, iPad
Cloud gaming on iOS is possible using Luna in the iOS web browser.
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Amazon joining the cloud gaming arena marks a positive development as it will provide another alternative to players in a market that has already attracted big players such as Microsoft and Google.
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