INTRO: It seems every single company features a cloud gaming service lately . Microsoft has Project xCloud, there’s Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, and doubtless others I can’t remember immediately . Truly, Apple seems to be the sole one without a cloud gaming service which is why it’s more surprising that it’s not allowing others to exist on the App Store, but I digress. Today, Amazon joins that list of companies with its announcement of a cloud gaming service called ‘Luna’.
During its early access, the service will be available for an introductory price of $5.99 per month, and will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad. An Android version wasn’t announced but is reportedly within the cards for sometime after the launch. Also, the first access is currently limited to the US, so all folks in India are out of luck at the instant .
The service are going to be powered by Amazon’s own AWS platform, and can offer players the power to play over 100 games within the Luna+ channel, with some games supporting 4K60 gameplay as well.
Launch titles for the service include big names like Resident Evil 7, Control, GRID, et al. . The company has also partnered with Ubisoft to bring its games to a selected Ubisoft channel. This will also grant players access to approaching titles once they release including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and much Cry 6.
Also pretty obviously, it will feature Twitch integration. Players are going to be ready to see Twitch streams inside Luna, and begin playing Luna games from Twitch also . The service will support both Bluetooth controllers and KBM set ups, but Amazon also launched its very own Luna controller priced at $49.99.
Amazon’s description of the Luna controller sounds interesting, but after everything Stadia promised and didn’t deliver on, I’m a touch skeptical of how great it’ll actually be. Either way, here’s how Amazon describes the working of the Luna controller.
“Luna Controller is Alexa-enabled and connects on to the cloud to effortlessly control your game, featuring a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted Wi-Fi for lower latency gaming. In fact, our testing showed a discount in roundtrip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds among PC, Fire TV, and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects on to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens — like Fire TV to mobile — without additional pairing or configuration changes.”