Amazon Announces New Cloud Gaming Service Called Luna

Another nail in Stadia's coffin

By Grayshadow, Posted 25 Sep 2020

Everyone is getting into the gaming industry with Amazon teasing a new gaming streaming service that has now been confirmed. Called Luna this is Amazon's new cloud-gaming streaming service.

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According to The Verge, Luna will work as a monthly subscription of $5.99 and will have over 100 titles available to play including Resident Evil VII, Control, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. Ubisoft launch titles Far Cry 6, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Immortals: Fenyx Rising will arrive at launch.

Currently this program is in early access with Twitch function available since they're both owned by Amazon.

Luna Controller is Alexa-enabled and connects directly to the cloud to effortlessly control your game, featuring a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted Wi-Fi for lower latency gaming. In fact, our testing showed a reduction in roundtrip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds among PC, Fire TV, and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens — such as Fire TV to mobile phone — without additional pairing or configuration changes.

What's strange is that the service is offered on Apple devices which contradicts the reasonings Apple stated why Microsoft's Game Pass was rejected on the platform. Stating that every game needs to be evaluated before approved on the App Store, despite Luna doing exactly what Game Pass is offering.

Seems like everyone is doing what Google promised with Stadia better. With Microsoft offering Xbox Game Pass through PC, Xbox consoles, and Android devices, and now Amazon offering an early version of something more promising than Stadia. However, the issue remains how it maintains stable connections and data cap issues that are problematic throughout the USA.

Adam Siddiqui,
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