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Amazon launches a new cloud gaming service: Luna

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Amazon has recently introduced a new cloud-based gaming service, Luna for Fire TV, tablets, phones, and computers.

How Luna and its services work?

Although Amazon has not confirmed the exact release date, users can request early access to the “Luna+” channel first. When it launches, the service will charge $5.99 accordingly per month for early access pricing. The early access to Luna is available only by invitation. For the $5.99 price, users can access over 100 games with unlimited hours of play.

“Luna+” and Ubisoft channel pricing and details.

Luna runs on Amazon’s AWS servers where the game can stream at up to 1080p resolution as well as 60 frames per second at launch on two devices simultaneously. The support for 4K is teased as “coming soon”.

The service also offers an interface with channels that you can subscribe to individually for separate monthly fees. It works likely as Twitch or Amazon Prime Video. As for the gaming controller specially designed for Luna, it is sold for $50 with “early access” pricing, though gamers can also use PlayStation DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller.

Luna gaming controller.

The desired game-focused video streaming website that Amazon acquired in 2014, Twitch will be implemented into Luna to allow streamers to play and broadcast at the same time. Amazon says that Twitch streamers who also subscribe to its service will be able to go directly “from watching Twitch to immediately playing on Luna.”

Lastly, it is impressive that the Luna app or webpage allows gamers to play right after selecting them without needing to download it to any specialized hardware or your own devices.

What games can be played on Luna?

Amazon has confirmed these games in the early access period:

  • Control
  • GRID
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair

Nonetheless, Amazon has yet to release a comprehensive list of games that are available on Luna. In the official website of Amazon, we can see that Ubisoft will be introducing its two big late-2020 titles which are Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to the platform. However, gamers are required to pay extra to access these games as Ubisoft will have its own “channel”. For the time being, it is still unclear that which games will be included in the Luna Plus channel. Moreover, Amazon also has not announced any partnerships yet.

 

More Information About:

Content Sources:

  1. Amazon Luna: What we know about the new cloud gaming service
  2. https://knowtechie.com/amazon-is-getting-into-cloud-gaming-with-a-new-service-called-luna/
  3. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/24/tech/amazon-cloud-gaming-luna/index.html

Prepared by: Pui Leng

 

 

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