Amazon Is Taking On Stadia With Cloud Gaming Service Luna

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With cloud gaming rising in popularity, Amazon has also joined the party by revealing Luna, a cloud gaming service similar to Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia. The service is heading into early access in October, and interested users can sign up to receive a beta invitation. However, the service will be initially available for US customers only.

Luna is said to leverage the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS), making high-quality game streaming easier and allowing for immersive gameplay. Luna allows players to pick up their mobile devices or compatible TV streaming devices to play high-quality games instantly, without needing expensive hardware and lengthy game downloads. When the service launches into early access, Luna will be available only on PC, Fire TV, and Mac. iPhone and iPad users can also enjoy the service via web apps. The service will launch for Android devices later.

Users can subscribe to the Luna+ game channel, which has a growing library of games. During early access, Luna+ will offer popular games like Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, GRID, ABZU, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Luna+ is initially priced at $5.99 a month and offers 4K/60FPS on select titles.

Alongside the announcement for Luna, Amazon also shared details on Ubisoft's gaming channel that can be directly accessed through Luna. Subscribing to this channel will allow gamers to enjoy their favorite Ubisoft titles and upcoming games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on launch day. Ubisoft is the first of many similar gaming channels that are currently in development.

Luna also features Twitch integration. Of course this is a no-brainer as the service is also from Amazon. Luna subscribers can view Twitch videos on game pages and click a link on a streamer's video to instantly start playing games.

You can learn more about Amazon's Luna here.

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