Amazon has launched Luna, its own cloud gaming service for the Fire TV, desktop, and mobile platforms. In various ways, this service is similar to Google Stadia, and will allow users to play games that are streamed over the internet without having to download and install them first.
At $5.99 per month (introductory price and may change), it costs almost half of the $9.99 Google is charging for Stadia per month.
Available on Fire TV, PC, and Mac and on iPhone and iPad through Safari browser, Luna can stream games on two devices simultaneously on Full HD resolution at 60fps. The Android version and 4K resolution streaming at 60fps for select titles will be added later.
Since Luna works over the cloud just like Google Stadia, it will require fast and reliable internet connection to work with. Amazon recommends minimum internet speed of 10Mbps for Full HD games and 35 Mbps to play in 4K. Luna supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
There is the main Luna+ channel, which is currently in early access, and includes titles like Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, GRID, ABZU and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Subscribers to this channel will be able to play at 1080p 60fps right now with 4K support coming in later and can also play on two devices simultaneously. Amazon has also announced a channel dedicated to Ubisoft. Through this channel, subscribers will get access to existing and upcoming Ubisoft titles, such as Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Immortals Fenyx Rising the same day of their release. Select titles will be available in their ultimate edition with DLC. Unlike the Luna+ channel, the Ubisoft channel is limited to streaming at one device at a time. No pricing was announced for this channel but Amazon has plans for having more such channels for other publishers and genres.
Luna will work on Fire TV Stick natively and on the PC and Mac using desktop apps. It will work on iPhone and iPad using web apps. Android support is currently not available but it is said to be coming soon.
To play the games, subscribers can use keyboard, mouse, or a Bluetooth controller that they already have. Amazon will also be selling its own Luna Controller. Luna Controller connects directly to the cloud through Wi-Fi, which Amazon claims cuts down on latency by 17-30ms. With this controller, you will also be able to instantly switch between devices as it’s not paired to any one of them directly. The Luna Controller will be available for $50 during the early access period.