Amazon Luna Announced as New Cloud Gaming Service in Early Access

Published: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 14:13 | By: Robert N. Adams
Custom AWS Game Servers Promise Powerful Streaming

Amazon will be taking advantage of all those data centers it has by entering the cloud gaming space: Amazon Luna is coming.

Amazon Luna promises to allow gamers to stream gameplay up to 1080p at 60 FPS, and that's just the start: 4K support is coming soon. Luna will have no restrictions on playtime and customers can stream their games onto two devices at the same time.

 
 

The massive online retailer isn't making its own console or anything like that, but they are debuting a new peripheral to go with the service: the Luna Controller.

Amazon Luna controller slice

The Luna Controller uses a form factor that should be instantly recognizable to any console gamer. It looks closer to an Xbox controller than a PlayStation controller, but it has its own little differences here and there. The controller will also feature Alexa integration.

As for the service itself, it will leverage custom Amazon Web Services game servers to deliver content to customers around the world. Content will be delivered via "channels", with Ubisoft getting on board as an inaugural partner. You'll be able to stream your games to PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad; Android device support will be coming at a later date.

How Do You Get Amazon Luna?

If you're hoping to hop into Amazon Luna today, you're going to be disappointed: right now, this brand-new cloud gaming service is invitation-only. You can, however, request an invitation on the service's new website.

There's also the question of where Amazon Luna will be available. Unfortunately, it's only going to be available in the mainland U.S. to start — Hawai'i, Alaska, the U.S. territories, and the rest of the world are going to have to wait to try this service. That said, you will be able to get on board with its introductory pricing of $5.99/month — that is, if you can get your invite accepted.


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!