Like many of its predecessors, the 2020 edition of Amazon.com’s (AMZN) Echo/Alexa event was jam-packed with hardware, software and services announcements.
Among other things, Jeff Bezos’ firm revealed new Echo speakers and Fire TV sticks, a revamped Fire TV UI, Alexa improvements, a cloud gaming service known as Luna, a security service known as Alexa Guard Plus, Ring security products for cars and a $250 autonomous home security drone that for some reason was named the Always Home Cam.
Here are a few thoughts on what Amazon showed off.
1. Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service Isn’t For Everyone, But it Has a Selling Point or Two
For the time being, the Luna cloud gaming service has more in common with Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Stadia gaming service than with Microsoft’s (MSFT) xCloud service.
Whereas xCloud is bundled with an existing gaming service (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) and for now only works on Android