Amazon Is Getting Into Gaming – Unveils Luna

By Ben Hamill - October 02 2020
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Amazon Is Getting Into Gaming – Unveils Luna

Amazon is officially getting into gaming. And not unlike practically everything else we’ve seen the internet giant get into, its new Luna cloud gaming platform is expected to grow large enough to give market rivals Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud a run for their money.

According to pre-launch details provided during Amazon’s 2020 hardware event, Luna users will be streaming games without actually downloading those games to their devices. Compatible platforms are to include PC, Apple Mac, iOS, and Fire TV. A version for Android is reportedly “coming soon” too.

A monthly subscription fee of $5.99 will reportedly give users access to Amazon’s new Luna Plus games channel on two devices simultaneously.

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What’s In The Games Box?

As for the actual gaming content planned for Luna, Amazon has said the plan is to eventually make available more than 100 titles. Initial (launch) titles will include Control, Resident Evil 7, GRID, Abzu, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Panzer Dragoon, Yooka-Laylee, The Impossible Lair, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Especially notable is that Ubisoft will be one of the early access games publishers on Luna, with their Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expected to become available soon. No specific timeline has however been provided. What we do know is that a Ubisoft-dedicated gaming channel is in the offing too. Those players opting in on subscribing to the Ubisoft channel via Luna, will reportedly gain access to all of the publisher’s titles as soon as they are launched on the new games streaming platform. In addition to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, subscribers will gain day-of-release access to games like Far Cry 6 and Immortals Fenyx Rising.

What’s more, Ubisoft won’t be the only publisher to launch on Amazon’s new cloud streaming platform. Each games publisher contracted to the new platform will reportedly see their own channel launched via Luna.

Luna is “Coming Soon”

Video and games streaming platform Twitch, launched by Amazon in 2014, will be integrated with Luna in such a way that gamers will be able to broadcast while playing. And they’ll get to use Luna’s very own signature Alexa-enabled controller too.

Those players not willing to fork out the $49.99 fee for the special controller will be free to use a mouse and keyboard or even an Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller instead.

Though no official launch date for Luna has been announced as of yet, Amazon users interested in the cloud games streaming service may now request an “early access invite” on the internet giant’s website.

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