16 December 2020
Amazon has become the latest player in the cloud-based game streaming market with the release of Luna. It will compete directly with Google Stadia and other options like Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA's GeForce Now. The rumors of Amazon's take on game streaming were surfacing since last year and now, it is finally official.
Luna is currently compatible with Fire TV, PCs, and Mac along with iPhone/iPad via web apps. The team is working on Android support that should arrive sooner than later. It will allow users to play their favorite games without having to install them and simply via streaming. With multi-device sync, it will be possible to start playing a game on one device and continue on another. There is 1080p streaming but 4K streaming is under development.
The service is in the early access stage for now and is strictly invite-based in the United States. It is priced at $5.99 per month which is an introductory price during the early access period. Amazon has not said what the actual plan cost will be but considering Google Stadia costs $9.99 per month, we can expect it to be around the same. There is also a Luna controller for playing games that will cost you $49.99 (introductory price). It comes with a dedicated Alexa button but is not necessary to use the service as it also supports Sony DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers.
Amazon says there are over 100 games available for play through Luna+. Some of the prominent titles include Control, Resident Evil 7, GRID, The Surge 2, The Impossible Liar, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. The team is also collaborating with Ubisoft that will bring titles like Assassins Creed: Valhalla and Far Cry 6. It should be noted that while Luna+ will support streaming on up to 2 devices simultaneously, the Ubisoft channel will be limited to just one device at a time. It goes without saying that Luna has Twitch integration for instant streaming of games to the platform.
There is no doubt despite having all the hardware and a valid membership, you will be required to have a high-speed internet connection for a smooth game streaming experience. Amazon is recommending at least 10Mbps for 1080p streaming and a minimum of 35Mbps to stream in 4K resolution.