Until now, Amazon’s cloud gaming service has been long rumoured, but never truly confirmed. However, Amazon have now officially announced Luna. Luna is a service which will run on servers, similar to Stadia, so that a console is not required for play.
Games such as Sonic Mania, Resident Evil: Biohazard and Metro: Exodus will be available on the Luna+ channel. Whilst there is no U.K. price yet, the price in the U.S. will be $5.99 a month and Amazon promises to offer over 100 games initially.
No required hardware
The service will work with current Fire TV sticks, Windows and MacOS computers and iPhones/iPads at launch via their web browser. The news of the iPhone support is big news as it comes after Microsoft was denied putting their service on the iOS devices.
The games themselves will be playable up to 4K and 60fps. Two games will be able to be played on two separate devices at the same time with no further subscription required. As a PC can run Luna with a standard keyboard and mouse no additional devices are required. However, Amazon are offering a new “Luna Controller with Cloud Direct technology” which connects directly to the cloud. The controller is available on early access for $49.99. Jeff Grubb on Twitter highlighted how it runs on a Windows environment and how this has an edge over Google Stadia.
Amazon is also partnering with Ubisoft in a project to create a new channel specific to the publisher. Gamers will be able to play games such as Assassins Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6 at launch.
Games at launch
The initial games list will include the following with more games being added over time:
- Panzer Dragoon
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- The Surge 2
- Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
- Resident Evil 7
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons