[Update: Early access begins] Amazon takes on Google, Microsoft, and NVIDIA with new Luna cloud gaming service
In a bid to capture a slice of the steadily growing cloud gaming pie, Amazon today announced a new cloud gaming service called Luna. The service takes on similar offerings from Google, Microsoft, and NVIDIA, and gives users the option to play the latest games without any additional hardware requirements. Luna is currently available in early access exclusively in the U.S. on compatible Fire TV, PC, Mac, and iOS devices. Amazon plans to add support for Android devices in the near future.
As with other cloud gaming services, Amazon is offering a Luna+ subscription at an early access pricing of $5.99 per month. As part of the subscription, you will get access to unlimited hours of play, a growing library of AAA games, up to 1080p/60fps gameplay (4K/60fps coming soon), and the ability to stream on two devices simultaneously. During early access, Luna+ includes games like Resident Evil 7, Control, and Panzer Dragoon; adventure games like A Plague Tale: Innocence and The Surge 2; platformers like Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair and Iconoclasts; and fan favorites like GRID, ABZU, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
Along with the Luna+ subscription, Amazon has partnered with Ubisoft to offer a new gaming channel. Players who subscribe to this channel will get access to their favorite Ubisoft titles in 4K resolution, mobile gameplay support, and access to new Ubisoft titles as soon as they launch. This will include upcoming titles like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising, which will go live on the service the same day they are launched. Furthermore, Luna will offer players native Twitch integration, giving them access to game streams from the platform right on their device.
Amazon Luna subscribers will be able to play their favorite games with the controller of their choice, as the service supports both keyboard/mouse input and Bluetooth controller input. Amazon is also releasing its own Luna Controller with Cloud Direct technology, which features Alexa integration and a multiple-antenna design for low latency gaming. Amazon claims that its first-party controller can reduce latency by 17-30 milliseconds compared to other supported input devices. The Luna controller is available at an introductory price of $49.99 during the early access period.
If you’re in the U.S. and you’re interested in trying out Amazon Luna, you can request an early access invitation by following the link below.
Update: Amazon Luna early access is now live
In a recent blog post, Amazon has announced that it will begin granting invitations to a small set of early access applicants in the US starting today. Those who receive the Amazon Luna early access invitation will get access to the following:
- Amazon Luna
- The Luna+ Game Channel — For $5.99/month during the early access period. Includes 50 games, with more to be added over time.
- The Ubisoft Channel — Coming soon.
- The Luna Controller — For $49.99 during the early access period.