Amazon on Thursday introduced ‘Luna’ – a new cloud gaming service designed for instant play – at its 2020 virtual hardware event.
The new gaming service is powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), which makes it easy to stream high-quality, immersive games. Players can enjoy Luna games on their favorite devices without extensive downloads or updates, expensive hardware or complicated configuration. They can even start playing on one screen and seamlessly pick up and continue on another.
“We created Luna to make it easy to play great games on the devices customers already own and love. It’s Day One for Luna—we are excited to work with gamers, streamers, and publishers like Ubisoft and Remedy Entertainment to build a great gaming experience for everyone,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services.
During early access, players can subscribe to the new Luna+ game channel, which will offer action games like Resident Evil 7, Control, and Panzer Dragoon; adventure games like A Plague Tale: Innocence and The Surge 2; platformers like Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair and Iconoclasts; and fan favorites like GRID, ABZU and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
The Luna+ service will be available for an “introductory price” of $5.99/month during the early access period, with more games set to be released over time. Also, Luna+ subscribers can play on two devices simultaneously and get resolutions of 4K/60fps for select games.
The company has also partnered with leading global video game publisher Ubisoft, accessible directly via Luna.
Players who subscribe to this channel will have access to their favorite Ubisoft titles in up to 4K resolution and mobile gameplay. When the channel launches, they will also be able to access new titles like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising, the same day they release. Besides, players will also be able to see Twitch streams for games in the service, and from Twitch, they will be able to instantly play Luna titles.
“We’re proud to be working alongside Amazon on Luna, utilizing the power of cloud gaming to provide our players with another way to access our games, wherever they are. Ubisoft’s channel on Luna will allow players to experience our new releases along with many of our catalog games, while enjoying player-friendly features like Alexa and Twitch integrations,” said Chris Early, SVP of Partnerships and Revenue, Ubisoft.
While players can play Luna with a keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth game controller, the service also now offers a new Luna Controller featuring Cloud Direct technology. The controller is powered by Alexa and features a multiple-antenna design that prioritizes un-interrupted Wi-Fi for lower latency gaming.
Players can also easily switch between screens as the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers. Luna Controller is available at an introductory price of $49.99 during the early access period.
Luna will be initially available on Fire TV, PC, and Mac as well as iPhone and iPad (via web apps), with Android coming soon. There’s no word on international availability.
Interested users in the U.S. can request an invitation for early access to Luna by sending a request for an invitation to Luna today at http://amazon.com/Luna/.