Amazon Luna is the latest cloud gaming service to launch


We’ve seen how Google, Microsoft, and Nvidia have launched cloud gaming services in the past 18 months with the company from Redmond seemingly having the leg up on its rivals with the recent launch of its Xbox Cloud Gaming service, or xCloud as it was known during its beta program. Well, another tech giant is joining the fray in the form of Amazon Luna that will be available on Fire TV, PC, Mac, and web apps for iPhone and iPad at launch.

Users in the US can request early access to Amazon Luna which promises low-latency control and ‘effortless play across screens’. Players can subscribe to the Luna+ channel that offers a growing library of games for an introductory $5.99 monthly fee. Luna+ subscribers will be able to play on two devices simultaneously at resolutions of up to 4K/60fps, depending on the title.

“We created Luna to make it easy to play great games on the devices customers already own and love,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. “It’s Day One for Luna—we are excited to work with gamers, streamers, and publishers like Ubisoft and Remedy Entertainment to build a great gaming experience for everyone.”

Amazon has partnered with Ubisoft to bring titles such as Assassins Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals: Fenyx Rising to Luna+ the same day they are released. Some of the games available during this early-access period including the following:

  • Resident Evil 7
  • Control
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair
  • Iconoclasts
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • The Surge 2
  • GRID
  • ABZU
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Players will also be able to see Twitch streams for games and instantly begin playing Luna games from within the community app.

What do you need?

Amazon says that users can play Luna with a keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth gaming controller, or the new Luna Controller that features Cloud Direct technology. Amazon’s controller boasts Alexa support, a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes WiFi signals for low-latency gaming. The Luna controller connects directly to cloud servers and will be available at an introductory price of $49.99 during the early-access period.

Customers in the U.S. can request an invitation today for early access to Luna. By choosing to participate, invited gamers will have the opportunity to contribute feedback that will inform future Luna features and development. You can request an invitation to Amazon Luna by clicking the link below:

Amazon Luna

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