Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming already seems much different to Google Stadia

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Is Amazon Luna just a subscription service — or is it an umbrella for all future streaming gaming?


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A year after Google launched Stadia, Amazon seems like it’s doing the same thing for cloud gaming. The just-announced Amazon Luna service is entering a streaming games market that’s suddenly quite crowded, alongside Stadia, Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate and Sony’s PlayStation Now.

Luna has a controller, like Stadia. It has Alexa on it, like Stadia has Google Assistant. Luna has big publishers on tap, like Ubisoft. Luna has Amazon-owned Twitch as a connected video platform, like Stadia has Google-owned YouTube. And Luna is starting in early access, with a beta-like vibe that Stadia also had last year.

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Luna, a Ring camera drone, new Alexa features: Everything Amazon announced this fall

Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year it is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means putting Alexa everywhere — inside homes and out — and addressing privacy concerns, which were big storylines in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In today’s life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever. 

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Amazon Announces Streaming Gaming Service Luna

At its 2020 hardware event, Amazon launched a cloud gaming platform called Luna. With this move, Google’s Stadia and Microsft’s xCloud get their new competitor in the cloud gaming field.

Users of Luna will be able to stream games wirelessly without downloading them and PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iOS, with an Android version planned for after launch. The introductory price will be $5.99 per month with early access and which gives subscribers the ability to play Luna Plus channel games across two devices simultaneously and offers 4K / 60fps resolution.

Amazon says more than 100 games will be available via the Luna Plus channel, and launch titles include Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, GRID, Abzu, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Amazon says more titles will be added: “over time.” The company has also partnered with Ubisoft

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Amazon Luna games list: the top games on Amazon’s cloud gaming service

Looking for an Amazon Luna games list following the reveal? Stadia’s launch last year doesn’t appear to have reshaped the gaming industry just yet, but perhaps Amazon’s newly revealed Luna cloud gaming service can make a bigger impact. With Twitch, Prime Gaming, and a number of Amazon Game Studios projects in the works, Amazon has plenty of places to promote their latest service and there’s a chance it could be a huge success.

We’ll have to wait and see how the Luna vs. Stadia battle plays out, but one of the key areas of that contest is what games are available on each service. Stadia has been steadily growing its catalogue of games over the past few months, but what do we know about the Amazon Luna games list?

An official list isn’t currently available, but promotional content has given us a glimpse at many of the titles that will

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Amazon joins cloud gaming with Luna

You don’t want to be the first person to the party, but it’s no good to be incredibly late, either. Amazon is arriving to the cloud gaming party fashionably late–just like this post–with its cloud gaming service, Luna, announced just before the weekend. Amazon’s service stands apart from Google Stadia and other services in few crucial ways.

There’s a (web-based) app for that

Luna will support gameplay on compatible Fire TV, PC, and Mac devices. It’ll also appear on iOS, too, by dodging around Apple’s restrictive requirements around cloud gaming apps. Instead of acting as a downloadable app that you’ll run on your phone, Luna will be a Progressive Web App–an appified website. You’ll be able to add a shortcut to it on your home screen and use it like a regular app. Apple even condones this in its updated rules as noted by The Verge. Apple explains in its

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Amazon Luna: What we know about the new cloud gaming service

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Amazon is getting into game streaming with Luna. 


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Amazon is getting into gaming. During Amazon’s big device announcement event on Thursday, the internet giant unveiled Luna, its cloud-based video game streaming service for Fire TV, phones, tablets and computers that rivals Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia.

A “Luna Plus” subscription will cost $5.99 per month as part of an invite-only early access program. A controller designed for the service will also be sold, with “early access” pricing of $50, though gamers will also be able to use an Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, as well as a mouse and keyboard to play. 

Running on Amazon’s AWS servers, games will stream at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second at launch (with 4K support teased as “coming soon”), though a full list of titles wasn’t immediately available. The company says that games available in

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Amazon announces a new cloud gaming service called Luna

Amazon has waded into the cloud gaming competition with the announcement of a new streaming service called Luna.

Unlike Google’s Stadia, which offers games for purchase individually, Luna users will access games by subscribing to “channels”: The Luna+ channel, for instance, will feature a mix of games including Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grid, and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Other channels are also in the works, including one from Ubisoft that will provide access to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on their launch days.

Along with for support mouse and keyboard and conventional controllers, Luna can also be accessed via a proprietary, Alexa-enabled controller that “connects directly to the cloud to effortlessly control your game, featuring a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted wifi for lower latency gaming,” Amazon said.

“In fact, our testing showed a reduction in roundtrip latency

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How Amazon Plans For Luna To Crack The Cloud Gaming Market

Video game streaming services aren’t as rare as they used to be, but there are still only a handful of companies with the resources and infrastructure to support such an initiative. The latest is Amazon, the online retail giant that has made tech inroads with its Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company introduced Luna, a cloud gaming platform that will run on a variety of devices. While Luna invites aren’t coming until October, the rollout was suitably impressive and promises some distinctive features like dedicated publisher channels. Early access signups are available now, but Amazon has already shown an impressive lineup of games included with its Luna Plus game channel. It also works with any Bluetooth controller, but Amazon has made its own Luna controller that connects directly to the cloud service, similar to Google Stadia.

GameSpot spoke with product lead Oliver Messenger about the service, its approach with channels,

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Amazon Introduces Cloud Gaming Service, Luna

Amazon has unveiled its own cloud gaming service called Luna, which will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its backbone. CNET reports the service is touting the ability to play anywhere, including iPhone and iPad. You can request early access to the service starting today.

Amazon Luna Platforms

Amazon says that at launch, Luna will be playable on PC, Mac, Amazon’s own Fire TV devices, as well as iPhone and iPad through web apps. An Android version is said to be coming soon as well.

This is a notable difference between Luna and the cloud gaming services from Microsoft and Google–xCloud and Stadia, respectively–which have run into Apple policies that have prevented the ability to play on iOS devices. Apple recently changed its rules, but Microsoft issued a statement maintaining that it’s still a bad experience for gamers.

For the time being, Luna will be available in the mainland US.

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Amazon Luna, spherical Echo speakers, Fire TV, a flying Ring camera and more: Every new product announced this fall

Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year it is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means putting Alexa everywhere — inside homes and out — and addressing privacy concerns, which were big storylines in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In today’s life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever. 

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Amazon/Screenshot by Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET

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