Amazon Launches ‘Luna’ Cloud Gaming Platform

Amazon March 1 announced that its much-hyped Luna cloud gaming service is finally available in the United States with an expanded library of games and features. The subscription-based platform lets users across all skill levels play games on their own devices, including Fire TV, Fire tablets, Windows PCs, Chromebook, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android phones.

The new Prime Gaming Channel also affords Prime members a rotating selection of free games on Luna. Players can access additional games by subscribing to the Retro Channel and Jackbox Games Channel at $4.99 each monthly. Features include “live broadcasting” to Twitch and the Luna phone controller, which is available in the Luna Controller app for iPhone and Android phones.

“Luna [enables] customers to instantly play high-quality, immersive games on the devices they already own,” Daniel Rausch, VP of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services, said in a statement.

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Luna offers six gaming channels with an expansive catalog of titles that can be streamed in high-definition. Titles this month include Devil May Cry 5; Observer: System Redux; PHOGS!; Flashback; and, from March 8-14, Immortals Fenyx Rising.

The Retro Channel features classic games from publishers such as Capcom and SNK, so subscribers have access to titles such as Street Fighter II: Hyper FightingMetal Slug 3 and Castlevania Anniversary Collection, among others

The Jackbox Games Channel features eight family-themed game party packs available with one subscription. Games include Quiplash, You Don’t Know Jack, Drawful and Trivia Murder Party. These titles support Luna Couch, a cloud-first feature that lets you invite others to join a multiplayer gameplay session instantly, even if they don’t have a Luna subscription.

On April 1, a new subscription for Luna+ will cost $9.99 per month and the Family Channel will cost $5.99 per month. Existing early access customers, and customers who sign up for Luna+ or Family Channel by March 31, can lock in founder’s pricing and keep Luna+ at $5.99 per month, and the Family Channel at $2.99 per month.

Luna+ offers more than 100 titles, including Devil May Cry 5GhostrunnerTeam Sonic Racing and Yakuza: Like a Dragon; while the Ubisoft+ Channel ($17.99) provides access to publisher’s releases, such as Assassin’s Creed: ValhallaFar Cry 6 and Immortals Fenyx Rising. The Family Channel comes with a curated selection of titles for all ages, including Monster Truck Championship, Heave Ho and Sponge Bob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.

Separately, with an update on PC, Mac and Fire TV, a new “live broadcast” button lets users stream gameplay live with a camera feed overlaid on-screen, providing a simple way to broadcast to friends or the Twitch community.

Gamers can also try Luna on Fire TV using just an iPhone or Android phone as the controller through the Luna Controller app, available as a free download in the iOS and Android app stores. The on-screen controller is an option for new or casual gamers without a controller who want to check out side-scrollers, turn-based RPGs, and trivia titles.

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.