Amazon Announces Cloud Gaming Service Luna

Amazon Announces Cloud Gaming Service Luna - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 2,267 Views

Amazon today announced a new cloud gaming service called Luna. The launch date for the service is not yet set, however, it will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TC, and iPhone and iPad via web apps. It will come to Android sometime after launch. 

Luna will be available for an "introductory price" of $5.99 per month during early access, which gives subscribers access to play Luna+ channel games on two devices at the same time. It also offers 4K resolution and 60 frames per second for select titles. 

More than 100 games will be available on the Luna+ channel, and confirmed 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. More titles will be added over time. 

Amazon has partnered with Ubisoft for its own "gaming channel." It will give subscribers "access to new titles when the channel launches like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising the same day they release. This is the first of multiple Luna game channels in development, where customers can play games from their favorite publishers and genres."

Amazon Announces Cloud Gaming Service Luna

The cloud gaming service will also feature Twitch integration where "players will see Twitch streams for games in the service, and from Twitch, they’ll be able to instantly start playing Luna games." 

Amazon has also announced the Alexa-enabled Luna Controller, which will be priced at $49.99 during early access. 

"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," says Amazin. "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."

Early Access to Amazon Luna is currently available exclusively by invitation.

Thanks, The Verge.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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32 Comments

Imaginedvl (on 24 September 2020)

This is WAY better than Stadia offering...


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Imaginedvl (on 24 September 2020)

You need to buy games on Stadia to own them (except the few coming with Pro), it is not free... You buy a full priced game and then you are locked on playing it whenever you have a good internet connection only. This is the main reason why Stadia is not getting off and will not if they do not change that.
Amazon goes the GamePass way


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Captain_Yuri (on 24 September 2020)

Would be fap worthy if they include it with Prime


Chazore (on 24 September 2020)

I think that's their plan. Have prime be an all in one neat and tidy package deal.


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TOME_NA_ROSCA (on 24 September 2020)

People are thinking the introdutory price will be the official price...


TallSilhouette (on 24 September 2020)

AWS vs Azure. Fight!


yvanjean (on 24 September 2020)

The Real competitor to Microsoft as entered the market.


VAMatt (on 24 September 2020)

Are there channels (like the Ubisoft Channel) gonna cost more money? I assume so, otherwise sign me the fuck up right now at $5.99 per month.


javi741 (on 24 September 2020)

R.I.P Stadia. Luna and Xcloud blow this right out of the water in terms of what they offer.


AFattyGamer (on 24 September 2020)

Just don't make the same mistakes Google did Amazon.


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Barkley (on 24 September 2020)

More games at launch than Stadia has... and you get them all for $5.99 a month.


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TOME_NA_ROSCA (on 24 September 2020)

Also this is an early access price, which will increase at some point, just like geforce now.


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Barkley (on 24 September 2020)

I'm saying there are less than 100 games available for purchase on Stadia. I am very well aware of it's business model.


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sales2099 (on 24 September 2020)

Much better then Stadia especially with that monthly price. Finally Xcloud has a worthy opponent but thankfully Amazon doesn't have the 1st party that Xbox has which will ultimately be the downfall.


kazuyamishima (on 24 September 2020)

And don't you think Amazon can buy studios just like Microsoft have been doing??


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sales2099 (on 24 September 2020)

Sure they can, but they starting from scratch by comparison.


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kazuyamishima (on 24 September 2020)

And don't you think Amazon can buy studios just like Microsoft have been doing??


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SanAndreasX (on 24 September 2020)

Well, given how abysmal Microsoft's first party output has been for almost ten years, they aren't starting out much further ahead than Amazon.


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EspadaGrim (on 24 September 2020)

@SanAndreasX All those Bethesda IP's are now 1st party and are Xcloud Exclusive so explain to me what do Google and Amazon have huh?


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Bandorr (on 24 September 2020)

@EspadaGrim. Google has youtube. Amazon has Twitch. Microsoft has mix.. oh wait that one massively failed.
Imagine if Youtube red/TV/kids or Amazon prime/Twitch subs came with games. Or watching games (and ads) lead to getting those same games. Frightening possibilities.


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Tridrakious (on 25 September 2020)

Lord please have mercy on these companies trying to make cloud based streaming of games a thing.


Azzanation (on 25 September 2020)

This is why MS are jumping on buying studios, they know Google and Amazon are eyeing them. Thank them later.


hunter_alien (on 25 September 2020)

Oh joy, another "great" entity entered the streaming market. I wonder if they will allow the sysadmins to take a pee break from time to time, or if they too will need to wear diapers.


siebensus4 (on 24 September 2020)

I wonder how many competitors this market is able to create. It seems everyone wants to have a piece of it.


Airaku (on 24 September 2020)

Nice controller! Looks a lot like the Switch Pro Controller, which is a damn good thing! Sadly doesn't look like this thing has HD rumble or any bells or whistles though.


Bandorr (on 24 September 2020)

The gaming channels is interesting. If ubisoft "the same day they release." Then i assume the other channels will also get that. Also Amazon gives away a Twitch prime every month. Combine that with "gaming channels" and that means amazon prime could in theory get you access to to games day of.


Stellar_Fungk (on 24 September 2020)

Is this the beginning of the end of console gaming?


Chazore (on 24 September 2020)

I think it's the end for both digital and disk based gaming, if you ask me. Between this and gamepass, gaming is looking to evolve into pure always online rental gaming.


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