What is Amazon Luna? All you need to know
Luna is the new one from Amazon cloud game service that was announced at the company’s product launch event last year. At a glance, it’s a response to options like Stadia, GeForce NOW, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and Shadow.
But what exactly is Luna? Should you care about service and is it worth your time? Maybe one of the other cloud gaming services is a better choice?
In this guide, we’ll tell you exactly what Luna is and what she offers, so you can decide whether or not you should be interested and give it a try.
What is Amazon Luna?
Luna is a cloud gaming service offered by Amazon. It was announced on September 24, 2020 and is the company’s entry into the space that already contains major players such as Stadiums, GeForce NOW, Shadow, and Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Amazon rumored to enter the cloud gaming space Last year, but little was known about it at the time. Now, a lot more details have been shared about this. Including what it costs, what games you can play, and where you can play them.
There is still a lot about Luna that Amazon is changing or adding. But now it is possible to use the service. The idea is to offer people a slightly different cloud gaming model than what is currently available from competitors. Luna will offer a variety of different games from publishers you know and love. Some of them will be new and some will be a bit older.
The whole point of Luna, just like with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Stadia, is that you don’t have to download any games. You don’t have to wait for the games to install. you just find a game you want to play and launch it. Boom. Made.
If this sounds interesting to you, you may consider keeping an eye on Luna and signing up to request access.
What games are available on Luna?
As Amazon says, Luna has something for everyone when it comes to gaming. When it comes to the games available, there is currently a fairly wide variety of titles. You will find some of the biggest games of recent years as well as some old favorites. Resident Evil VII: Biohazard – Gold Edition for example is available for streaming.
There are also more recently added titles like Immortals Fenyx Rising, Ride 4, Far Cry New Dawn Deluxe Edition and even Ghostrunner. You can also find Abzu, Everspace, Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom, Bloodstained Ritual of The Night, and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana. All of these are located in the Luna + channel. Some of these are also titles that have been added to Stadia in less than a few months.
So many of the games you see on Luna will be available through other cloud play options.
Along with the Luna + channel, there’s also the Ubisoft + channel, which as you might have guessed is filled with a ton of different Ubisoft games. Far Cry New Dawn, The Division, The Division 2, and Watch Dogs are just a handful of the different options available. But there are also fairly recent titles like Immortals Fenyx Rising (mentioned above) and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
As Luna grows more chains will likely be added. Although at this time, Amazon has not shared anything in particular. It stands to reason, however, that as long as things continue to go well, Amazon will add more partners to the program and roll out channels for them that only contain their games. Access to these would also cost extra, as is the case with the Ubisoft + channel.
What devices can I play on?
The great thing about Amazon here is letting you play games on the devices you already own. It’s going to be limited to begin with, but hopefully it will start to grow soon.
Now that the service is open to select gamers, you will be able to access it on Fire TV (any TV or device that has Fire TV built into it), Mac, iOS through web and PC apps. The service is also now available on Android devices, which Amazon just launched in December 2020.
Hey @ TheCodeB00K, as Team Luna’s Raghu explains below, you won’t have to wait very long for Android support (or, like, at all). Play Luna with Early Access now: https://t.co/IU81kXZouU pic.twitter.com/aVDCbQcP64
– Amazon Luna (@amazonluna) December 15, 2020
How to access the service?
For now, Amazon has made Luna an invitation-only service. This means that you cannot yet register and create an account to play games whenever you want.
You can however register to request access, as it is currently in beta. As long as you receive an invite after requesting access, you can play games through the Luna + and Ubisoft + channels on supported devices. There is a platform where you can access Luna without an invitation at this point and it is through Amazon. Fire TV devices. However, not all Fire TV devices will be compatible.
Registration to access will not guarantee you a place to play. This is, however, your best chance at the moment to try Luna. As the beta continues, after it goes live, Amazon will eventually open it to more people. Maybe anyone who wants to test it.
If you would like to try the service, be sure to request access when signing up.
How much does Luna cost?
The service is available at an introductory cost of $ 5.99 per month during the current beta period. This has also been the cost since Early Access began in 2020.
Since this is just the price of the beta, it will likely cost more when fully launched. When it’s open to everyone, not just guests.
This is also the cost of the Luna + channel only. If you want to access the Ubisoft + channel, access will cost you $ 14.99 per month. However, you don’t have to subscribe to both. You can actually choose to subscribe to the Luna + channel or the Ubisoft + channel. You can subscribe to both if you prefer. And then you have a lot more games to play.
Which controllers work with the service?
Amazon supports a handful of different controllers and the service has since entered early access. This includes the Luna Controller, the Xbox One Wireless Controller, and the DualShock 4.
You can also use a mouse and keyboard if you play games on your PC. Which might be the preferred input method for some.
There will undoubtedly be more compatible controllers down the line, but at first Amazon starts out small with the most popular and used controllers. And that makes sense.
Now, that doesn’t mean the other controllers won’t work. They could. But Amazon doesn’t list anything else as officially supported. So anything other than what has been mentioned here may not work at all.
What are the features of Luna?
You might be surprised at what is available. Again maybe not. Since it is owned by Amazon, it is naturally integrated with Alexa.
You can ask Alexa to play games and it will launch the game you mention. Much like Google has done with Stadia and Google Assistant. Luna also has integration with Twitch. Another brand owned by Amazon.
You can watch the Twitch live streams on Luna and then from those streams launch a game on the service yourself.
What kind of resolution does Luna support?
Amazon says the service will support up to 1080p resolution for most games.
Some games will support up to 4K, but none of these are currently available on the service. Amazon says 4K is coming soon, so that should show up after the beta period ends. At the moment, you can choose to play games in 720p or 1080p. This can be changed in the settings menu once you are logged into Luna.
What internet speed do i need?
The recommended internet speed is 10 Mbps for your download speeds for anything streamed in 1080p.
If you want to stream in 4K, which is not available at the moment and likely won’t be during the beta period, you will need a minimum download of 35 Mbps. As always, the faster and stronger your internet connection, the better your streaming experience will be. So remember it well. Also note that better quality streaming will use more internet bandwidth.
Currently, running games at 1080p will consume around 10 GB per hour according to Amazon. And about half of that if you stream games at 720p.
Where is Luna available?
The service is quite limited for the early access period.
For starters, Luna will only be available in the United States. This excludes Hawaii, Alaska and all US territories. Amazon has not yet announced any plans to expand outside of the United States. Although it probably grows bigger after Early Access, and maybe even during.
At this time, the continental United States is still the only region available where Luna is operational.