Are you tired of hearing about new streaming services? Sin! Amazon’s widely acclaimed intake of streaming full-featured games via the cloud is (almost) here, and it̵7;s called Luna. Amazon accepts requests for early access to the Luna system, but there is no word on exactly when it will be available.
Luna is basically Stadia: games are streamed from Amazon’s AWS cloud servers to “player” apps in your home. The system will of course be available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, but it will also be available for PC, Mac and iOS via web streaming. The latter is something of an eye-catcher: Stadia, Xbox Game Pass streaming and GeForce NOW have all been turned off from the iPhone and iPad thanks to Apple’s limited App Store policy. Amazon seems to be working on Apple’s library requirements with a progressive web app. The Android service will come “soon” after the launch.
Luna + will be a subscription service, $ 6 per month to start. It will feature a selection of over $ 100 all-you-can-eat games, with more to come. Titles listed in Amazon’s introductory press release include, but are not limited to:
- Resident Evil 7
- Panzer Dragoon
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- The Surge 2
- The Impossible Lair
- Icon cluster
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
In addition, you will be able to subscribe to an additional channel (a la Prime Video) for a premium batch of Ubisoft games, including Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6and Immortals Fenyx Rising the day they release. Notably, Ubisoft has so far played well with all streaming services.
It is not clear if you will be able to buy additional games to play, as with Stadia, or if you will have to subscribe to more “channels” for a recurring fee when they become available.
Performance is up to 4K at 60 frames per second for subscribers, and you can play in your living room with an official Luna controller. This design seems to be almost identical to the Stadia controller, all the way down to the direct Wi-Fi connection (instead of Bluetooth) for low latency. The Luna controller can also work with Bluetooth, or you can bring your own or sub in a mouse and a keyboard on the computer. The Luna controller costs $ 50.
Amazon achieves some brand synergy with its second game-focused property, Twitch. Players will be able to pick up and play Luna games while browsing Twitch and watch Twitch videos while using Luna. Oddly enough, there is no mention of streaming your Luna gaming sessions directly to the Twitch audience – it may still require a typical streamer setting.
Amazon accepts requests for early access from customers in the United States today.