Amazon Luna, the company’s cloud gaming service that launched in early access in fall 2020 is now available for everyone in the US. Until today, the Google Stadia-like service was only available through an invite-only program, but Amazon is now getting serious with Luna with new integrations with Amazon Prime and Twitch.
In the US, the most affordable way to access Luna will be through a new Prime Gaming Channel that will provide Amazon Prime members access to a rotating selection of games. “For the month of March, Prime members can play Devil May Cry 5; Observer: System Redux; PHOGS!; Flashback; and, from 3/8–3/14, Immortals Fenyx Rising,” the company announced today.
Unlike Google Stadia, it’s not possible to purchase cloud-based games on Luna. Instead, Amazon offers different channels consumers can subscribe to access a specific set of games. Here are the different channels available in the US today:
- Prime Gaming (free with Amazon Prime): A rotating selection of free games for Prime members
- Luna+ ($5.99/month): over 100 games including AAA games such as Control and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Family Channel ($2.99/month): Over 35 family-friendly games including Overcooked or SkateBIRD
- Retro Channel ($4.99/month): Classic games from Capcom (Street Fighter II), SNK (Metal Slug 3), and more
- Jackbox games ($4.99/month): Eight eight Party Packs including Quiplash and Trivia Murder Party
- Ubisoft+ ($17.99/month): Over 35 Ubisoft games including the latest Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry episodes
Starting today through March 21, 2022, existing early access customers and new subscribers can sign up for Luna+ or Family Channel for $5.99/month and $2.99/month, respectively. These prices will go up to $9.99/month for Luna+ and $5.99/month for the Family Channel.
Amazon Luna is currently available on Windows, macOS, Chromebooks, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, as well as Amazon’s Fire tablets and Fire TV devices. Luna games support mouse and keyboard as well as Xbox and PlayStation 4 controllers, but Amazon also created its own Luna controller that connects directly to the cloud. Amazon has also created a Luna Controller app for iOS and Android that can turn smartphones into Luna controllers.
When playing Luna games on a PC, Mac, or Fire TV, gamers can also broadcast their gameplay to Amazon’s Twitch platform. Google has created similar synergies between its Stadia service and YouTube, with gamers. “We’re only just getting started with Luna,” Amazon said today, and the company has yet to reveal when the cloud gaming service will be available outside of the US.
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