Amazon Bows Cloud-Based Gaming Platform, New Fire TV Stick, Spherical Echo Speakers

Amazon on Sept. 24 unveiled a series of new hardware devices that include updates on existing products such as the Fire TV Stick Lite and spherical Echo voice-activated speakers. The e-commerce behemoth also unveiled the Luna cloud-based gaming system, an in-home drone Ring security system, and Halo fitness wristband, among other products.

The $5.99 monthly Luna platform is compatible with Amazon’s Twitch streaming video/gaming service, and will be available on Fire TV, Mac, Windows PCs, iOS and soon Android operating systems. The platform is intended to compete with similar gaming systems operated by Google (Stadia) and Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Amazon is also going to offer a dedicated game controller for $49.99. Games can be played with a keyboard and mouse or Bluetooth-connected controller.

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The rebooted Echo Show 10 speaker ($249.99), will come with a built-in shutter cover for privacy, with VOD support for Netflix, Zoom and Amazon Chime video calls.

The $29.99 Fire TV Stick Lite can only be controlled by voice-activation, in addition to rewinding, exiting and playing video options on the controller.

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