Amazon Luna Promises: Is It Enough to Beat Rivals?
It seems that Amazon is quite catching up with the trend as it launches its gaming streaming service, Amazon Luna. So far, it’s only available in early preview mode (so familiar to gamers after Steam) and only for American users. But we already know the titles it’s about to offer to its subscribers.
At first sight, Amazon’s offer seems fantastic. Its price is more than affordable, just $5.99/month. Luna can be run on PC, Mac, Fire TV, and Android. As for iOS, it’s also available, but via a web app only. Soon, it’s about to launch on Android TV boxes and sticks. It will perform better with a special Luna controller, similar to regular gamepads, but connecting to the cloud directly, with faster response. Yes, you can use it locally as well, and it’s only $50... so far. As early access is over, the price will be $20 higher.
There’s no shadow of a doubt that the backend performance will be fantastic: Amazon has long been about clouds. Even basic accounts will get two simultaneous streams in up to 4K and 60 FPS. It’s far better than the offers by Google or Nvidia. And – what sounds the most incredible – a subscriber will not have to buy games but can access those from Amazon’s library. So, the only question left is the crucial one. Titles. It’s only titles that matter in such a situation.
Who’s on the Luna?
The definitive list of the games available in the Amazon Luna library hasn’t been revealed yet. But some titles have been named, and they form an interesting offer. It looks like whatever genre you prefer, Luna has something for you.
Rather fresh titles like Control and Resident Evil 7 come next to a long-awaited remake of Panzer Dragoon.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Yooka-Laylee: The Impossible Lair, two of the most prominent modern platformers, and GRID, a racing adventure, will attract speed lovers. There are adventure titles like A Plague Tale: Innocence, fighting games like The Surge 2, ocean exploration like ABZU, indie masterpieces like Iconoclasts, and more.
Other prominent titles available on Luna include Metro: Exodus, Indivisible, Watch Dogs: Legion, Sonic Mania, Steamworld Dig 2, Tennis World Tour 2, Yoku's Island Express, Furi, Rime, Rez Infinite, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Trails of Cold Steel III, and Everspace. The list is not definitive: the company mentioned that there would be 100+ games and adding.
In addition, a subscriber can connect their Amazon Luna account to that of Ubisoft, thus being able to access the freshest titles of Ubisoft on the release day. It’s already confirmed that Far Cry 6, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and other scheduled releases by Ubisoft will be available on Luna.
How to Access Luna Early
So far, the service is just about to launch. If you are an American user wishing to test Luna before it’s commercially available, you can request early access with nothing but your Amazon account. Then just wait until it’s approved.
This early access will not last long. The service has already been announced, and it means it’s almost ready, needing just a little more polishing (that’s why testers are required). So hurry up and register; maybe you will jump in before the official start.
What Do You Think?
Are you ready to join the Lunatics right away? Do you hope it makes it? Does the world need one more cloud gaming platform? Or should they just shut up and take your money? Drop a comment to share what you think. Your opinion matters!