Today, Amazon announced it’s entering the fight for a player’s time. They announced their new cloud streaming service, which they call Luna. Luna is a direct competitor to Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud service. Luna is going into Early Access soon and will be $5.99 a month.
The service is coming to Fire TV, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPads. I know what you’re thinking, how did Amazon get through the walled garden of Apple to allow a game streaming service on their platform.
The answer is through a webpage. Instead of a dedicated app, you will have to go through a web portal to access Luna. Whether or not Apple will try to change this is still to be determined.
If you’re interested in signing up for the Early Access period, you can here. Amazon also lists the system requirements you will need to be able to participate.
You can use the Luna app on:
PC (requires Windows 10 with support for DirectX 11)
Mac (OSX 10.13+)
FireTV devices (Fire TV Stick - 2nd gen, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV Cube - 2nd gen)
Additionally, you can use:
Chrome web browser (version 83+) for PC and Mac
Safari web browser (iOS14) for iPhone and iPad
If you have any of these products, you’re good to go. Now you just have to wait and see if you get chosen for the Early Access period.
Now, let’s talk about games. Amazon luna is doing things slightly different from its competitor, Stadia. Instead of having to purchase your games piecemeal, you’ll have access to a rotating catalog of games on Luna+ for just $5.99. Some games may extend beyond this price point, but it’s unclear the exact structure.
Amazon also announced it’s partnering with Ubisoft to bring a dedicated channel for players who want to play these games the day they are released.
For more clarification, Amazon posted this in their Luna Q&A section.
What is the Ubisoft channel?
“The Ubisoft game channel will include new and favorite titles from Ubisoft, including ultimate edition versions for select titles. The Ubisoft channel will provide you access to play on one device at up to 4k resolution for select titles. Stay tuned for more news.”
It will also feature Twitch integration built-in to allow you to watch Twitch streams right through the application.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a streaming service if it didn’t have some weird looking controller with it. Don’t worry, your Xbox and PlayStation controller will work with Luna as well.
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