Amazon enters the world of video games with Luna, its new streaming game service that will allow us to play more than 100 PC games on TV or mobile, without a computer.
It was news sung for months, and finally, it has been produced. Amazon stands up to Google Stadia, Project xCloud, and others with Amazon Luna, its new cloud gaming platform.
Luna lets you play more than 100 PC games at 1080p resolution and 60 fps (some titles at 4K resolution) without spending 1,500 euros on a decent gaming PC. You need an Android mobile, and iPhone, any PC or Mac even if it is old and not very powerful, or a TV with Fire TV.
The games run in the Amazon cloud, and you receive them on your device via streaming video in real-time. In this video, you can see a presentation of the new platform:
All you need to use Amazon Luna is to install an app on your mobile or tablet, or a program on your PC or Mac. If you want to play on TV, it requires the Amazon Fire TV Stick device.
To play, you can use an Xbox or PS4 gamepad that connects via Bluetooth, or the keyboard and mouse.
Amazon is also selling a unique gamepad that connects directly to the Amazon cloud, so you don’t need a Bluetooth connection. According to the company, with this command, you reduce the latency between 17 and 30 milliseconds, concerning a gamepad connected by Bluetooth. It also understands your commands with your voice, thanks to Alexa. It will cost $ 49.99:
At the moment, Amazon Luna will debut with more than 100 PC games, but they hope to add more every month. According to Hobbyconsolas.com, there are titles from the Control category, GRID, Metro Exodus, Resident Evil VII, Yooka-Laylee, Indivisible, in the list Blasphemous, Rime, Abzu or The Surge 2.
We thought that at least a basic service would be free for Amazon Prime users. As is usually the tradition at Amazon, but at the moment, it has not announced any of this. Surely you will later. First, you want to test the service well.
For now, it is only available in the United States, with two different gaming channels. Luna + allows you to play games at 1080p and 60 fps (soon in 4K) without limit hours and simultaneously. It will cost $ 5.99 per month.
Another different channel called Ubisoft will play this company’s games on a single device. Including future news such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Immortals Fenix Rising. And Far Cry, in the Ultimate version and with its DLCs.
For now, it can only access by invitation.
Amazon Luna joins Google Stadia and Project xCloud as benchmarks for cloud gaming. This will compete directly with the new generation of PS5 and Xbox Series X and S consoles, and with Steam.