Amazon Luna will work seamlessly with Amazon-owned content streaming service Twitch, creating a new gaming powerhouse.
There are very few things Amazon can’t do it seems, and gaming isn’t one of them.
Amazon Luna will run on AWS servers and stream to an iPhone, iPad computer, or TV through Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. Apple’s ecosystem is currently the only mobile option, but an Android app is expected at a later date.
And its ability to run via a web app on iPhone and iPad is really what sets Amazon Luna apart. Most of its competitors, Google Stadia and cloud streaming via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are not available on iOS.
Luna will offer gaming channels, which are like libraries of games. At launch, only Luna+, which costs $6 a month, will be available, but Amazon said others, including a Ubisoft channel, will be added soon.
The Luna+ library of games will certainly grow over time, but for now, the following games have been confirmed for launch, with some titles available in 4K 60 FPS:
- Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
- Sonic Mania
- Resident Evil VII
- Panzer Dragoon
- A Play Tale: Innocence
- The Surge 2
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
When it will launch on Luna, the Ubisoft change will give players access to some of the company’s best games, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising.
Like Google Stadia, Amazon will release its own Luna controller ($50 at launch) that connects directly to its servers to reduce latency during gameplay, with up to 30 milliseconds of improvement compared to pairing with DualShock 4 or Xbox wireless controller.
The Twitch Advantage
Another thing that Amazon has over its competitors is Twitch. Amazon owns the content streaming service and it will be dually integrated into Luna. While playing on Luna, gamers will be able to access Twitch streams of the game they are playing, and while on Twitch, viewers will have the option to start playing the games they are streaming.
Amazon Luna will only be available in the US at launch.
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