Are you tired of hearing about new game streaming services? Pity! Amazon’s vision for streaming full games through the cloud is (almost) here, and it’s called Luna. Amazon is accept requests for early access to the Luna system, although no one knows exactly when it will be available.
Luna is, basically, Stadia: games stream from Amazon’s AWS cloud servers to the “gamer” apps in your home. The system will naturally be available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, but it will also be available on PC, Mac and iOS via web streaming. The latter is something that raises the eyes: Stadia, Xbox Game Pass streaming, and GeForce NOW were all excluded from the iPhone and iPad thanks to the restrictive policies of the Apple App Store. Amazon appears to be bypassing Apple’s library requirements with a progressive web app. The Android service will be “available soon” after launch.
Luna + will be a subscription service, $ 6 per month to start. This will include a selection of over $ 100 of all-you-can-eat games, with more to be added later. Headlines listed in Amazon’s introductory press release include, but are not limited to:
Resident Evil 7
A Plague Tale: Innocence
The Surge 2
The impossible lair
Brothers: a tale of two sons
Additionally, you will be able to subscribe to an additional channel (à la Prime Video) for a premium bundle of Ubisoft games, including Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on the day of their release. Notably, Ubisoft has done well with all streaming services so far.
It’s not clear whether you’ll be able to purchase additional games to play, like with Stadia, or whether you’ll need to subscribe to more “channels” for a recurring fee as they become available.
Performance will be up to 4K at 60 frames per second for subscribers, and you can play in your living room with an official Luna controller. This design appears to be almost identical to the Stadia controller, down to direct Wi-Fi (instead of Bluetooth) for low latency. The Luna controller can also work with Bluetooth, or you can bring your own or a sub in a mouse and keyboard on the PC. The Luna controller will cost $ 50.
Amazon achieves a bit of brand synergy with its other gaming-focused property, Twitch. Players will be able to catch and play Luna games while browsing Twitch and watching Twitch videos while using Luna. Oddly, there’s no mention of streaming your Luna gaming sessions directly to the Twitch audience – that might still require the typical streamer setup.
Amazon is now accepting early access requests from customers in the United States.