On Thursday night, Amazon presented a long list of new products, and also an unexpected news: Luna, a streaming service for games and a competitor to Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Luna is being launched as “early access” in the US already now, for just over SEK 50 a month. Games can be streamed to client applications on PC and Mac, Fire TV, an Android app and web apps for Iphone and Ipad. Amazon differs here from Google and Microsoft who have chosen not to launch their services for iOS users at all.
The launch includes games such as Resident Evil 7, Iconoclasts, A Plague Tale: Innocence and Abzu. In addition, Amazon is launching a partnership with Ubisoft for a separate “channel” where customers can play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Immortals Fenyx Rising the same day they are released for PC. The Ubisoft channel is the first of several planned channels dedicated to individual game developers.
In addition to the service itself, Amazon has also developed a “cloud-connected” hand control called Luna Controller. It connects directly to the Luna servers and has several wifi antennas optimized for minimal response times rather than transmission speed. According to the company, the delay is reduced by 17-30 milliseconds compared to connecting the controller to the computer via bluetooth. Luna Controller is sold for the equivalent of approximately SEK 450 during the introductory period.
Luna initially has support for 1080p at 60 frames per second, but 4k support is also on the way. Amazon has so far not said anything about the plans for an international launch.