Esports: Amazon to launch Luna for Gamers

Amazon is launching a cloud gaming service called Luna that will stream games to PC, Mac, and Fire TV devices, as well as web apps for iPhone and iPad. Android is listed as coming soon. At its 2020 hardware event, Amazon announced a cloud gaming platform.

Players on the platform can easily switch between screens — such as Fire TV to mobile phone — without additional pairing or configuration changes, because games are being streamed over the internet, you can jump right in – no downloads or game installs required. This is what makes cloud gaming the next thing.

The service, a direct competitor to Google Stadia, will offer various “game channels” that users can subscribe to, each which offer access to a library of games. Amazon announced the service alongside a whole line of new Echo and Alexa products.

The service will be available for an “introductory price” of $6 (approximately Rs. 442) a month during its early access phase, which gives subscribers the ability to play Luna Plus channel games across two devices simultaneously and offers 4K / 60fps resolution for “select titles.” Naturally, it will be powered by AWS, Amazon’s ubiquitous web platform.

LUNA+ and games

There is no word on when Luna will open to the public, what we do know is that Luna+ subscription will cost $6 (approximately Rs. 442) per month and supports up to 4K 60FPS on some games. Amazon has also partnered with Ubisoft to create its own game streaming channel via Luna, which will offer access to games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals: Fenyx Rising on the same day as their global release.

Some of the games included in Luna+ early access are listed below:

· Resident Evil 7

· Control

· Panzer Dragoon

· Metro Exodus

· A Plague Tale: Innocence

· The Surge 2

· Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

· Iconoclasts



· Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

No price was mentioned for the Ubisoft channel. According to Amazon, this is “the first of multiple Luna game channels in development, where customers can play games from their favorite publishers and genres.”

Luna controller, Twitch integration

Although Luna will support any Bluetooth controller as well as keyboard and mouse, Amazon launched Luna Controller with Cloud Direct technology which is simple and intuitive. The controller is Alexa-enabled and connects directly to the cloud to effortlessly control your game.

“In fact, we removed 20 milliseconds of roundtrip latency via Luna Controller with Cloud Direct technology vs. a local Bluetooth connection when playing Luna on a Fire TV Stick,” the Amazon Devices & Services team said in a statement late on Thursday.

Luna also will feature integration of the Amazon-owned Twitch streaming platform, with Amazon announcing “players will see Twitch streams for games in the service, and from Twitch, they’ll be able to instantly start playing Luna games.”

Amazon owns Twitch, one of the most popular live streaming services in the world with nearly 10 billion hours of video watched in 2019.

People interested in Luna can sign up for early access now, but it’s not clear when the early access period will launch.