According to the latest news, Amazon has announced its cloud gaming service, Luna. It seems that every single major company is having a cloud gaming service these days. For example, Microsoft has Project xCloud, Google has Google Stadia, and Nvidia has GeForce. Out of the major companies, Apple seems to be the only one that does not yet offer a cloud gaming service. It seems this is the one and only reason that it is not allowing others to exist on the App Store.
According to the news, the service of Luna will be available for early access at an introductory price of US $ 5.99 per month and it will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad. As of now, an Android version was not yet announced but is reportedly in the cards. Note that early access is currently limited to the US only.
Luna will be powered by Amazon’s own AWS platform. It will offer players the ability to play over 100 games in the Luna + channel. Some of the supported games will be 4K60 as well. Luna launch titles include big names such as Resident Evil 7, Control, GRID, and others.
Amazon has joined hands with Ubisoft to bring its games to a specific Ubisoft channel, which will grant players access to upcoming titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.
Luna will feature Twitch integration so players will be able to see Twitch streams inside Luna. On the other hand, they can also start playing Luna games from Twitch. Luna will support both Bluetooth controllers and KBM set-ups but the company will also be launching a Luna controller for it. This Luna controller will come with a price tag of US $ 49.99.
Amazon has given a brief statement regarding this upcoming Luna controller which looks not only interesting but also promising. Amazon said this about the Luna Controller: “Luna Controller is Alexa-enabled and connects directly to the cloud to effortlessly control your game, featuring a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted Wi-Fi for lower latency gaming. In fact, our testing showed a reduction in roundtrip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds among PC, Fire TV, and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens — such as Fire TV to a mobile phone — without additional pairing or configuration changes.”
However, note that earlier, Stadia was also promising but it failed to deliver so we have to wait and see with our fingers crossed what Amazon is creating for us.